A Passage from Masha'allah The following passage is from the new translation of Masha'allah's book, On Reception

, shortly to be published by ARHAT. This passage demonstrates an early, yet very mature, style of doing horary astrology. The text itself dates from the late 8th Century C.E. and represents Arabic era astrology in a state of transition from a predominantly Hellenistic style to the Persian style characteristic of later Arabic and Latin astrology. It is also one of the oldest texts in which we have worked out chart examples. The reader is urged to note a couple of things about this case study: First, the Moon is used as the primary significator of the querent because of the condition of the lord of the Ascendant. Second, both the lord of the first house and the Moon are void in course. Yet this does not invalidate the chart as many moderns seem to think it would. Also, the text relies rather heavily on the idea of reception. Since not everyone who may read this may be familiar with the concept of reception, we present Masha'allah's definition of reception from an earlier chapter in On Reception. [It is] "such that some one of the seven planets is in the exaltation or domicile of a second planet, and that first planet is being joined to the second according to one of the seven recognized aspects; [note] or they are both in one sign, and one of them is in the exaltation [or domicile] of its comrade and joined to it." Note: The bodily conjunction is not treated as an aspect. This gives the dexter and sinister sextiles, the dexter and sinister square, the dexter and sinister trines, and the opposition for a total of seven. Putting this another way, reception occurs when a two planets apply to an aspect or conjunction and one of them is in a sign which the other planet rules according to sign or exaltation.

Masha'allah, On ReceptionChapter IV, A Question Concerning a Sick Person translated by Robert Hand

. and the Midheaven was Taurus 20 degrees. or the Sun [alone] were being joined to some planet. but he was void in course. Mercury in Aquarius 2 degrees 7 minutes direct. Its Ascendant was Leo and the Sun was in the seventh sign. Also. I examined this interrogation according to the command of God. Sun in Aquarius 24 degrees 35 minutes. Indeed in the following sign the Moon was joined to Mercury. and I worked by means of her first. and she was going to go out more swiftly from the sign in which she was [located]. I examined which of these had more degrees in the sign in which it was [located]. Therefore. and committed her disposition to that same Mercury. Mercury was afterwards joined to Saturn. in the house of marriages. Jupiter in Taurus 9 degrees 13 minutes.Leo was the Ascendant in 28 degrees. Therefore. I began judging first by means of the Moon. to wit. It was the Moon. joined to no one. 39 minutes. Therefore. I looked at the Moon which I found having more degrees than the Sun. the Moon in Aries 28 degrees 37 minutes. After this I looked at which of the seven planets the Moon was being joined to in the first moment of her going out from the sign in which she was [located] into the following sign. and Venus in Capricorn 11 degrees. They were both aspecting the Ascendant but the Sun was stronger than the other [being] in an angle. Mars in Taurus 15 degrees 18 minutes. void in course. But if both were being joined [to some planet]. I examined which of these was stronger according to position. and which would the more quickly go out from its sign. I also examined the Moon which I found void in course. thereafter by means of the Sun. Saturn was in Aries in four degrees 15 minutes. I would begin from the Sun which was in an angle. and Mercury committed his disposition to Saturn.

because Saturn received Mercury in his domicile. then begin from that significator which comes more quickly to a planet signifying health to the sick person and [a planet] which is stronger in its own position. And the lord of life is dominant in this matter so that it is more [to be] considered than the Moon. Namely. according to the command of God. And understand that when you inspect in the [area of] death and infirmity.and was received by Saturn according to place [house] because Saturn was the lord of Mercury's place. because of Jupiter's receiving which received the Sun. this would be a weak reception. according to the command of God (unless it should be different because God did not wish [the death]). But the significators should be sharers in everything. But Jupiter received the Sun according to his domicile [Pisces]. this would have been a testimony of death because Jupiter was the lord of death. if one of the significators should gain an advantage and the other one should suffer harm. the lord of death is the worst adversary of the lord of life beyond all of the planets. it signifies death because it is contrary to the lord of life unless a reception which repels death intercedes between them. The other significator will share with that one. Whether the lord of the house of death is a fortune or an infortune. according to the Command of God. Therefore. And should the lord of the house of life receive the lord of the house of death. When the lord of the house of life is joined to the lord of the house of death and commits its disposition to it. If Jupiter had not received the Sun. After this I looked at which planet the Sun would be first joined to when he advanced on to the following sign. After this see if you find the lord of the house of life and the Moon both signifying health. it will signify death. according to the command of God. The Sun was being joined to Jupiter which is the lord of the house of death. the one which has gained the advantage will necessarily enter into possession over that other planet and over the matter sought for according to the quantity of the harm to its partner. Saturn signified his health. Nevertheless. both the lord of life and the lord of infirmity [are one in common] or . namely. nor does either of the significators possess anything separately without its partner. the signification of the lord of life will be the more worthy and stronger but life will not suffer harm except by the harming of both. or receives the bearer of its disposition from the lord of the house of life because then the reception will be strong. Therefore. the Sun also signified health and prosperity. the lord of the house of death will not completely destroy [the lord of the house of life]. [This is so] unless there is one lord in common. [this is so] when the lord of the house of death receives the lord of the house of life. But if you should find one of the significators signifying life and the other signifying death. Likewise.

and in turn he was received by her. but other evil planets impede it. nor does he separate from any because he is more ponderous than all. And I found Venus separated from Saturn (which was the lord of the house of infirmity) by seven days [aspecting] from the house of infirmity. if God wishes. and she was being joined to Mars which received her. because Venus was in the house of infirmity. but the other evil planets will impede it. [if so] then it withdraws this power. both . God willing. I looked at which of the seven planets might be joined to Saturn. Venus signified the lessening of the illness because she was separating from Saturn which was the lord of the house of illness by seven degrees. Therefore. according to the command of God. nevertheless. I say that I looked at the lord of the house of illness. whatever kind of planet of the seven you may find to be the lord of the house of death. and judge according to this. then that planet will not impede in and of itself even if it is a malefic. or which planets are joined to these committing to them their dispositions.both the lord of the house of life and the lord of the house of death [are one in common]. the one planet will not be reconciled with the other planet as the lord of life except by reception because death is the enemy of life unless the lord of [both of] these is one planet. and a fortune will not impede the lord whether the fortune receives or not. that planet is the enemy of the lord of the house of life. Therefore. He received her from his exaltation. even though [such a planet] is a fortune. unless it either receives or is received by the other. and she received him from her domicile. for Saturn does not join with any of the planets. And understand that whichever planet of the seven you find [to be] the lord of life. that planet will not impede in and of itself even if it is a malefic. the person will be delivered. And if the lord of the house of life or the lord of the house of death commits its disposition to some other planet. And if the lord of the house of life and the lord of the house of death is Saturn or Mars. Then one sees to which planet [both] the lord of the house of death and the lord of the house of life commit their disposition. they will signify the person's death. And understand that whatever kind of planet of the seven you may find [to be] the lord of life. After this I looked for a lessening or an increase of the illness of this one who is ill. according to the command of God. it will not impede in and of itself on account of being a malefic. And contrariwise. which planet was the most suitable in an illness. it destroys life if it is the dispositor [of death]. And if either of them commits its own disposition to an evil planet and that evil planet receives him. it was Saturn which is not joined to any of the planets. the ill person will be delivered from death. or which might be separated from Saturn. If the lord of the house of death and the lord of the house of life commit their dispositions to evil planets which do not receive them. Therefore.

signified the lightening of the illness and the advent of health. . Examine in this manner in [all matters of] illness and death. according to the command of God.

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