Tell me when to do Something: Electional Astrology
Text Copyright 2007, 2012, 2016 J. Lee Lehman
(And Lee wrote the book on electional too*)
Events have birth charts, just like you do. Events, however, are more fragile than people, who often show remarkable resiliency. The purpose to electional astrology is to align your intentions concerning an event with an astrological configuration that makes that intention as easeful as possible in practice.
Electing is like the difference between having head winds or tail winds: it may not control the absolute outcome, but it can make the journey simpler, faster, and easier. It can also reduce the worry factor.
What kinds of events are appropriate for electional astrology?
Marriages, moving in together, divorce hearings, beginning a job, beginning a job action, asking for a raise, opening a business, opening a new business location, listing a house, purchasing a house, moving into a house, beginning the construction of a house, surgery times, beginning a round of medical treatment, writing a letter to achieve a goal, moving, beginning a trip, or the purchase or sale of important goods.
What kinds of events are not appropriate for electional astrology?
Time to give birth to a child by caesarian section (except perhaps in general terms), timing to avoid getting caught at illegal acts, time to commit suicide, or the time for any trivial or ephemeral event.
Can I elect any time to do anything, as long as the planets agree?
Many electionals are actually times for doing something with legal ramifications. For example: if you open a business and elect to get a business license, it can only be done when the governmental agency it falls under will accept applications. If they allow for it on-line, then any time is good, but if you have to apply in person, then it has to be at an allowed time and day of the week. Or another example: different countries and different regions within countries have laws regarding marriage. A marriage would have to fall within the legal parameters for the location of the marriage. (For information about the laws of the different states of the USA regarding marriage, click here.) These rules must be followed for the election to have force.
Can electional astrology tell me anything about events which have already occurred?
It’s not called electional astrology, but event interpretation. However, the same astrological rules apply whether the event has already occurred, or has yet to occur. If you are interested in finding out about such a past event, the pricing is like horary.
Why do you have the horary special?
Sahl, one of the ancient Arabic astrologers, said it best: only the electionals of kings are powerful. What he meant is that the more powerful your social situation, the easier it is to get what you want accomplished. The rest of us are constrained by our circumstances: we have to deal with bosses, family limitations, and other matters. For the average person, it’s wise to find out whether what we want is feasible within the time interval we want to do it in. This can be done two ways: by asking a horary about the electional (like: will my business succeed if I incorporate at this time?), and then only proceed with the electional if the answer is yes. Or, the birthchart can be examined. Lee does this as part of the electional, and if there is a problem during a particular time, she will notify you.
What do you need to know in order to do an election for me?
I need to know what makes this event important to you: what you hope to accomplish. For example: if you are buying a home, are you purchasing it as your main residence, as a retirement home, in order to provide rental income, or as an investment?
I need to know your birth data, as well as that of the other parties (when feasible for you to get this).
I need to know surrounding circumstances: for example, is this elective surgery, or emergency?
I need to know who your regular astrologer is (if it isn’t me!), so we may consult if necessary.
I need to know when the event can take place: normal business hours, Tuesdays from 8:00 – 10:00 am, etc.
I need to know how long an event is (like a surgical procedure), if it isn’t a contract signing, or other such “instantaneous” event.
What can I expect an Electional Reading to be like?
It’s not like your typical natal reading. The main reason is that almost all the work is done before you see the results. Lee typically e-mails the selected dates and times, with an astrological explanation for why these are appropriate. Then, if you have any questions, you can either e-mail back, or set up a short consultation.
Note: unless specified otherwise, Lee will be giving you only one or two dates. If you need additional dates, there may be a charge, so if you have different expectations, please discuss them with Lee before you book your electional.
Is there anything different about electing for medical procedures?
Medical electional are a little different than other types. First, it’s very important to understand the purpose of a medical electional. There are two very different types: electing for a test, and electing for a (hopefully) therapeutic procedure.
When you elect a time for a test, the whole purpose of that electional is to get as accurate a diagnosis and reading of the results as is possible. The purpose of a test is not to get a desirable answer, but to get a true answer. In ther words, the primary goal of electing a test is not to have to repeat it because the results were inconclusive, and not to doubt the results.
When electing for a procedure, whether a surgery, purge, or medication series, the purpose is to match the procedure and person so that the maximal benefit possible and the fewest side effects can occur.
It is important to remember that medical astrology is not selecting your treatment protocol: your health care practitioner is, with consultation with you. If your goal is an aesthetically pleasing result from plastic surgery, the criteria for electing are different than if you are going to be taking chemotherapy. And speaking of chemo, I had recently elected for a gentleman to take his daily dose of a chemotherapy drug, and it turned out he was allergic to the drug – something that happens not infrequently. With the elections, fortunately, he noticed the side effects quickly, and his medical team switched his chemo drug quickly, and he had only very temporary side effects. Electional cannot force a drug to work for somebody, but it may ease the process, whether through the whole series of treatments, or a graceful exit from the protocol.
Need a time to do something? Move? Get married? Sell a house?
Use the regular for most electionals. Pick the review button if you have
an appointment you want checked. Electional Plus Horary. If you want to
know if your electional can succeed, ask a question. If the answer is
no, Lee will refund $110.
Use this to add an amount to your order, in $5 increments,
such as ordering a time review and then upgrading to a full electional.
If you need to pay $30, then change the quantity to 6 at checkout.