Alfred John Pearce: Chapter II on Electional: The Text-book of Astrology (1889)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

One suspicion that I had in reviewing the first chapter that Pearce presented on electional: I strongly suspect that he was far more the theoretician of electional than the practitioner. One of the hardest things for students of electional is to be confronted with all the rules – which on the surface seem very cut and dried – and then to be confronted with the ephemeris. Upon actually attempting to apply the rules, the student (not to mention the practitioner) is confronted with the reality that it is practically impossible to adhere to more than a very few rules in one single chart. So what to do? Here are reams and reams of rules, but how to prioretize? When I see discussion such as Pearce’s, which presents the multiplicity of cases, but no acknowledgement of the problems of applying them, I suspect that something is amiss in the application department.

Here, in reviewing Pearce’s text for the first six houses, I have even more questions. First: The idea of repressed Victorian comes strongly to mind in reviewing Pearce’s reticence to discuss anything related to the fifth house. Letters? Secondly, horse-racing in the 6th? The 12th house was universally taken for larger animals, so why 6th? Traditionally, the 6th house was “small” cattle.

This material is excerpted from pages 426-430 of Pearce’s work:

Pearce, Alfred John. 1889. The Text-book of Astrology. London


ELECTIONS

CHAPTER II.

Elections for Affairs Appertaining to the First Six Houses.

“A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal.” —–Solomon.

The First House or Mansion of the Heavens relates to health, and affairs generally. It is, therefore, most important to have the ascendant free from the presence of the infortunes at the commencement of any new work, business, or journey.

In the sailing of ships, the ascendant and the Moon should be free from affliction. If an evil planet be in the ascendant at the moment of a ship leaving port, it is likely to be fortunate; if Saturn be ascending, the ship will be very likely to run aground; If Mars be ascending, there will be danger of fire or of shipwreck. If Uranus and Mars be ascending, explosion may take place.

If the ship be a trading one, Jupiter or Venus should be either in the midheaven, ascendant, second or ninth house.

Elections Appertaining to the Second House.

The Second House of the Heavens relates to the receiving, lending, and borrowing of money; to buying and selling; and to removing from one place to another. The following are the precepts of the ancients—–

1.—–Buying for Profit.—–Fortify the Moon especially, also Mercury, and the lord of the second house; and, if possible, the lord of the ascendant; let the Moon be either in conjunction or benefic aspect with Mercury free from impediment. Particularly avoid buying when the Moon and Mercury are afflicted by Mars. If possible, let Mercury be in conjunction or benefic aspect with either Venus or Jupiter.

2.—–Selling to Advantage.—–Let the Moon be in either Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, or Pisces, free from affliction, and separating from conjunction or benefic aspect with Jupiter or Venus.

3.—–Removing from Place to Place.—–If you desire to gain pecuniarily, and the house to which you would remove be you own, let the Moon be in a fixed sign, and a fixed sign ascending; but if the house be hired, let the ascendant be a common sign and the Moon in a common sign. If possible have Jupiter or Venus in the tenth or first, or fourth angle.

In any case, fortify the Moon and the lords of the ascendant, second and fourth houses; and let Jupiter be in the second house, if possible. Either Taurus or Leo should be on the cusp of the fourth house, if it can be so arranged; never Scorpio.

Elections Relating to the Third House.

The third house relates to short journeys, i.e. to such as can be completed within twenty-four hours and within one’s native country.

The following is the ancient precept relating thereto—–

Short Journeys.—–Fortify the ascendant, the third house, and the Moon. Start not on thy journey at the moment at which an evil planet ascends or is on the cusp of the third house, and when the Moon is afflicted. If possible, begin the journey when Jupiter or Venus ascends or occupies the third house or ascendant.

Persons who are constantly traveling would, of course, find it impossible to follow this precept always. I recommend the following injunction as of far greater importance—–-Avoid setting out on a journey, if possible, at or very near the time when the Moon (near the new or full) is in transit over the place of a malefic planet in the nativity, and at the same time afflicted; especially if such transit happen near the birthday anniversary.

Elections Relating to the Fourth House.

The Fourth House relates to building houses, etc., buying or renting land or houses, planting trees and sowing seed. The ancients hand down the following rules:

1.—–Building Houses, etc.—Endeavour at the beginning of thy work to fortify the ascendant, the lord thereof, the Moon and her dispositor, and the planet to which she is joined either by conjunction or aspect; fortify also the fourth house and its lord, and the tenth house and its lord. Be sure that the significators be not under the earth, for that causeth slow progress, and it may never be brought to perfection. Fortify also Mercury and its dispositor. Let not any of the significators behold Mars. Let the Moon be increasing in light and motion and configurated with Jupiter, and have a special care that the Moon be not with Saturn or her south node; and that Saturn be not in the fourth house or ascendant, for this would delay the work, or cause vexation, trouble, or early decay. If Mars afflict the significators or be in the fourth house, or ascendant, there will be danger of fire.

Should the building be designed for divine worship let Jupiter be either in the ninth house or ascendant, and in either Sagittarius or Pisces. If Mars be in the ascendant or ninth house, there will be dissension, wrangling and discord, in addition to danger by fire; if Saturn, asceticism and strange practices are likely to ensue.

2.—–Buying Land or Houses.—–The ascendant, its lord, and the planet from which the Moon last separated, are significators of the buyer; the seventh house, its lord, and the planet to which the Moon applies, are the significators of the seller. The fourth house relates to the land or house, as the case may be.

The buyer should be careful, at the time of signing the covenant, to fortify the fourth house and its lord, the Moon and her dispositor, and the Sun if possible; and let none of these significators be in any aspect with Mars, for this might cause the land or house then purchased to be soon lost and to be of no continuance to posterity.

To make the bargain good, fortify also the ascendant, its lord, and the planet from which the Moon last separated. If possible, let the Moon be in either Cancer or Taurus, and in benefic aspect with the lord of the ascendant or planet ascending. Let the fourth house have either Taurus, Leo, or Aquarius, on its cusp. Let the fortunes have chief power in the angles, at any rate in the first and fourth. See that the lords of these angles be not retrograde; that no retrograde planet be in either of the angles, the ninth or eleventh houses.

3.—–Buying Land for Agricultural Purposes.—–In this case, fortify the ascendant and its lord, the Moon and her dispositor, the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn; and let Saturn have the sextile or trine aspect of Jupiter—–let Saturn be in Libra and Jupiter in Sagittarius, or vice versa, if possible—–and by all means let not Mars have any familiarity with either Saturn or Jupiter. Let the Moon be in her increase, and in sextile or trine with Saturn; her first quarter is best.

Let the Moon be in the tenth house in Taurus, and the ascendant free from affliction.

At the commencement of tilling or manuring the ground, let the Moon be increasing in light and harmoniously configurated with one of the fortunes and Saturn.

4.—–Planting or Grafting Trees.—–The Moon should be in either Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Aquarius or Pisces—–Taurus is the best—–and in sextile or trine aspect with Venus. Let Saturn be direct in motion, and either in the ascendant, 11th, 5th, or 2nd house, dignified. If this cannot be done, let Jupiter be in one of these houses and in benefic aspect with Saturn. If neither, then let the Moon be in one of them, or in the 10th free from impediment.

In all plantings and sowings, see that Mars be debilitated, and in no configuration with the Moon.

Let the dispositor of the Moon (wrote Alchaiat) behold her from a watery sign; and if the ascndant be not a fixed sign, let the Moon and the lord of the ascendant be oriental of the Sun and ascending, or at least one of them; for this causeth trees then planted or grafted to grow quickly and be fruitful; if they be ascending and not oriental, the trees shall soon grow but not so soon fructify.

If the ascendant cannot be a fixed sign, let it be a common one, and the significators in common signs.

If it be impossible to fulfil all these conditions, see that the Moon is either in Taurus or the latter half of Sagittarius free from affliction, and in benefic aspect with Jupiter in the ascendant, 10th, 11th, 5th, or 4th house.

5.—–Sowing Seed.—–The ascending sign should be movable, and its lord should be in a movable sign, and the Moon beholding it from a movable sign; if this cannot be done, common signs are next best fixed signs must be avoided.

Let the Moon be in either Cancer or Capricornus; if she be in Aries, let some planet behold her from a watery sign, Cancer for choice, lest the seed wither.

Let the Moon be separating from the Sun,* and increasing in light and motion—–except in the case of sowing peas.

Let the ascendant be free from the presence or affliction of the malefic planets.

Elections Appertaining to the Fifth House.

The Fifth House relates to the giving or receiving presents feasting, writing letters, and sending messengers.

1.—–Writing Letters or Books.—–Fortify the ascendant and the ninth, and let Mercury behold them either with a sextile or trine; and let Mercury be well dignified and no wise afflicted, and not retrograde. Let the Moon be in good aspect with Mercury, and both the Moon and ascendant free from affliction.

Elections Relating to the Sixth House.

The Sixth House relates to sickness, servants and cattle. The following rules may be interesting to medical men;—–

1.—–For Surgical Operations.—–For such operations that can be safely deferred to a fortunate moment, let the Moon be increasing in light and motion, and in sextile or trine aspect with Jupiter or Venus, and let not Mars be in any aspect with the Moon. The Chaldaeans held that the Moon is more afflicted by Mars during her increase, and by Saturn during her decrease.

Let the Moon be in a fixed sign—–but not in the sign ruling the member or part of the body to be operated on, and let not such sign ascend.

Fortify the sign ruling the part of the body to be operated on; and let the ruler of the ascending sign, or Venus or Jupiter be in the ascendant or midheaven, and free from the configurations of Mars.

Let the Moon be free from all manner of impediment.

2.—–Buying four-footed beasts.—–See that thou fortifiest that sign which doth represent the beast to be bought, or that which is nearest to its nature; the Moon, the lord of the ascendant, and that of the 6th house; and see that the Moon have the sextile or trine of the planet ruling the sign signifying the beast, or in reception therewith.

In buying oxen or horses, let the Moon be in either Taurus or the last 15º of Sagittarius. In buying sheep, let the Moon be in Aries; goats, Capricorn or Taurus; dogs Sagittarius or the last 15º of Leo.

In buying race-horses, let the Moon be in Sagittarius or the last fifteen degrees of Leo; and fortify the ascendant, the 6th house, and their lords; also let the Moon be free from the evil aspects of the infortunes and in sextile or trine with Jupiter or Venus.

To the last precept may be added: Ascertain the day on which the race-horse it is intended to purchase was foaled, and see that the Sun and Moon were free from the evil aspects of Saturn and Uranus, and were in good aspect with Mars. It will be best for Sun to be in Aries in trine with Mars in Leo; or Sun or Moon in trine with Mars in Capricorn; the Sun attended by Venus, or Moon in aspect with Venus or Jupiter or Sun; Mercury in sextile or trine with Mars and Moon—–for courage, stoutness, and speed are pretty certain to be possessed by horses foaled under such configurations. Some race-horses are notoriously unlucky, others are soft-hearted, and many turn out worthless for racing purposes, having neither speed nor stamina. Isonomy, one of the stoutest and speediest horses of the last century, was foaled on the 28th of April, 1875, when the Sun was in trine with Mars in Capricorn, Moon in sextile with Venus, and Mercury in opposition with Jupiter, Bend Or, a Derby winner, was foaled on the 13th of February, 1877, when the Sun and Moon were in sextile with both Mars and Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Ormonde, the winner of the Derby, in 1886, was foaled at 6h 30m p.m. of the 18th of March, 1883; Cancer 0º 32’ culminating, and Libra 0º 24’ ascending. The Moon was in trine (separating) with the Sun, the latter separating from quartile with Jupiter and sextile with Saturn. Mercury was in conjunction with Mars in Aries. Jupiter was in the ninth house.

Minoru bred by Colonel W. Hall Walker, M.P., won the Derby, on the 26th of May, 1909, for the late King Edward VII. This colt was foaled at 9h 15m p.m. of the 16th of March, 1906, Kildare. Leo 9º 52’ occupied the midheaven and Libra 29º 6’ the ascendant. Mars setting in Aries 29º 35’ in sextile with the Sun, the Moon in Sagittarius 17º 41’ in trine with Mercury in 13º 37’ of Aries; the Sun applying to sextile with Jupiter.

Prince Palatine, winner of the St. Leger, 1911, was also bred by Colonel W. Hall Walker. This colt was foaled on the 2nd of April, 1908, at 0h 25m a.m., Kildare. Sun in Aries 11º 53’, Moon also in the same sign 22º 53’ in parallel with the Sun. The ascending degree 11º; Sagittarius 2’ had the trinal ray of the Sun and the sextile of Mercury.

* See “Urania” for April, 1880, art. “The Failure of the Crops.”

Alfred John Pearce: Chapter I on Electional: The Text-book of Astrology (1889)

This material is excerpted from pages 423-425 of Pearce’s work:

Pearce, Alfred John. 1889. The Text-book of Astrology. London


ELECTIONS

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens.” – Solomon

Dryden, the poet, recognized the truth of astrology and the advisability of electing propitious moments for the commencement of new and important works; he wrote÷

“Fortune at some hours to all is kind:
The lucky have whole days, which still they choose:
The unlucky have bout hours, and those they lose.”

To make the election of real service, the nativity must be studied. In affairs of partnership, the nativity of each partner must be compared; otherwise, no safe election can be made. The figure for the year, i.e., the Sun’s ingress into Aries, must also be compared, if the business be of a public company. Thus, when the same sign ascends at the vernal equinox as at birth, with the planetary ruler of that sign well situated, or Jupiter in the ascendant, the affair will be likely to succeed well if commenced when the same sign shall ascend and the ruling planet be well placed. “Directions” and transits will, also, need to be studied before the election be made. It is never advisable to begin any new business when the Moon is afflicted, however good the other testimonies may be. Zadkiel’s Almanac gives the days on which the Moon forms benefic aspects with the Sun and planets, under the head of “Lunar Influences.” If the business require to be quickly brought about it should be commenced, if possible, when the Moon is quick in motion, and increasing in light. The Moon should not be in a cadent house at the commencement of any business.

The planet ruling the business should be free from the rays of the infortunes, and, if possible, in its chief dignity; or in either the midheaven or ascendant, according to circumstances. No evil planet should be in either of the angles, nor in the “house” ruling the business, unless it (Mars or Saturn) happen to be the planet influencing the affair. It is advisable to place the Sun and Moon, if possible, in trine with the place of the Sun in the nativity.

These precepts may be considered ridiculous and unnecessary by persons who are unacquainted with astrology: but there can be no harm in observing them. We should prefer observing them when possible, to running the risk of failure by beginning an important transaction at an unfortunate moment. Apart from astrology it is difficult to understand why some businesses fail notwithstanding that capital, energy, and industry have been brought into them; or why one ship, whose keel was laid at one hour proves a fortunate investment, while another, whose keel was laid at another hour, proves a most unlucky one. Some transactions seem doomed to failure from their inception and even the enemies of astrology speak of such “ill-starred” affairs, although unaware of the meaning of this expression.

At page 18 of this work, Flamstead’s election figure for the laying of the foundation stone of Greenwich Observatory is given; the greatest success attending the Royal Observatory and its freedom from misfortune make for astrology. Possibly, had Flamstead not understood and believed in the science, an unlucky moment might have been chosen. Many proud buidlings have been destroyed very soon after their completion, the founder of such being of course too “really scientific” to give heed to astrological precepts.

The Moon, on account of her proximity to the earth, her reflection of the Solar light, and the swiftness of her motion, is considered to be the most powerful significator in astrology. It is, therefore, of the utmost importance that the Moon be free from affliction and in close aspect with either one of the fortunes, or the Sun, or the planet ruling the business in hand, when election of an opportune moment for the commencement of such business is desired.

In many cases, there is not time either to elect the best possible moment for commencement of a new undertaking, or even to wait for such a favourable moment if determined upon. Many persons have not a sufficient knowledge of astrology to enable them to elect a suitable moment and to accurately cast the figure of the heavens. In such cases as these, the most that can be done is to see that the Moon’s aspects are of the right kind; or to consult Zadkiel. It must be borne in mind that the parallel declination acts like the conjunction and that the conjunction, p.d., and trine are the most powerful aspects for good, the sextile being much weaker; the opposition is the most powerful evil aspect.

As to the signs of the zodiac, the ancients said that it is best to have the Moon in an earthy sign (Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn), when sowing or planting; or repairing building; in Cancer for travelling by sea; in Sagittarius for buying horses and cattle.

In commencing any work or business which it is desired to be durable, either the Moon should be in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius), or a fixed sign should ascend.

In any case, the moon should be more than 12 degrees distant in longitude from the Sun, or the business will be hindered.

Uranus and Neptune, being unknown to the ancients, had no influences assigned to them. Observation has shown that Uranus influences pecuniary affairs to some extent, inventions, and all extraordinary occurrences. It is not advisable to begin any business of great importance when the Moon is in conjunction, square, opposition, or parallel declination with Uranus; neither to marry under such aspects. Neptune’s influence is more evil than good, and seems to bring crises rather than to affect the ordinary daily business of life. It is better not to begin any affair of importance when the Sun or Moon happens to be in conjunction, quartile, or opposition with Neptune.

John Partridge: Bethem, his Centiloquium, or his hundred Aphorisms Rendred into English (1679)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

Partridge, like many authors, was in the habit of compiling earlier authors into his books. I have included this list here because of the number of aphorisms that are useful in electional.

This material is excerpted from pages 325-341 of Partridge’s work:

Partridge, John. 1679. Mikropanastron, or an Astrological Vade Mecum, briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology – viz., Questions, Nativities, with all its parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections never so comprised nor compiled before, &c. William Bromwich: London.


Bethem, his Centiloquium, or his hundred Aphorisms Rendred into English.

1.

We will begin this Book according to the Custom used in the Judgments of the Stars.

2.

Thou mayest know that when a Planet is Retrograde, he is as a man infirm, stupefied and sollicitous.

3.

If a Planet be Cadent, he is as a man dead, and hath not motion.

4.

If a Planet be Combust, he is as a Man in Prison, without hope of Liberty.

5.

If Stationary to Retrogradation, he is as a sound man receding from health; yet there is hope of recovery remaining.

6.

If Stationary, he is as a Sick man amending.

7.

If Besieged, he is as a man fearful between two Enemies (and not without cause) when Besieged by the Infortunes.

8.

A Planet between Jupiter and Venus, is as a man in pleasant Company, free from trouble and want.

9.

If Aspected of the Infortunes from the fourth House, he is as a man on whom death is coming.

10.

A Planet in Aspect of his Enemy, is as a man fearing to be betrayed.

11.

A Planet in Conjunction of an Infortune, is as one fighting with an Enemy.

12.

A Planet in conjunction with a Fortune, is as one in his friends Imbraces.

13.

A Planet in anothers House who rules the same Trigon, is as a man in the House or Castle of his friend.

14.

If Cadent from his House or Exaltation, he is as one absent from his abode.

15.

A Planet in his House or Exaltation, is as one in his Castle or strong hold.

16.

If in his House or Exaltation Retrograde, he is as a Sick man at home.

17.

If Combust in his own House, he is as a man confin’d thereto by his King.

18.

If in his own Dignity and Cadent, he is as a man vexed, and fearful.

19.

Fortunate Planets Retrograde are unfortunate; if Cadent from Angles, or their Houses, &c. as one hoping for good, but misses it.

20.

A Fortune Retrograde with an Infortune, strengthens the Infortune’s Nature; but abates the worth of his own.

21.

An Infortune in his own House direct, and there joyned to a Fortune, his Malignancy shall turn to good.

22.

A Planet in the last degrees of a Sign, is as a man falling from his former Estate.

23.

A Planet in the first degrees of a Sign is ever found to be of a very weak Signification.

24.

From the first degree to the fifteenth, a Planet is rising; but from the fifteenth to the twenty fifth, he is compleat in strength.

25.

A Planet in the last five degrees of a Sign, is as a man leaving his House.

26.

An earthy Planet in the Ascendant strong, he argues good in any thing, (that is) a Planet ruling the earthy Trigon.

27.

A Planet not in his own House, is as a man knocking at another man’s Door, and his Signification is to be slighted, as having no power in that place.

28.

When Planets are with the Sun, their powers and Significations are made less.

29.

When Planets are in the last degrees of a Sign Retrograde, their Judgments are transmitted, their light lessened, and their strength and glory abated.

30.

A Planet seven degrees distant from the Sun, and in his own House, Retrograde, is as a man in his Castle, in the Power of his Enemy, striving to abandon slavery.

31.

A Planet in the house of his Enemy, is as a man in such a condition; a Prisoner in earnest.

32.

A Planet in his own House free from affliction, declares the perfection of the Question, or thing interrogated.

33.

The Moon separating from a Planet, ever declares what is past, be it good or bad.

34.

But the Moon applying to a Planet, always pronounceth what is to come, after the same manner.

35.

When the Moon in any Question separates from Saturn, she declares sorrow, discord, trouble.

36.

When she is found to separate from Jupiter, she intimates good fortune, mirth, and pleasure.

37.

When she shall separate from Mars, it signifies Contention, Strife, Bloodshed, Bonds, Falsewitness, &c.

38.

When the Moon separates from the Sun, she signifies Cares, fears Sicknesses and Imprisonments.

39.

If she separate from Venus, then Lust, Sport, Laughter, Dancing, Singing, c. is denoted.

40.

When she separates from Mercury, her Significations are to be interpreted according to his Position, for Mercury is convertible.

41.

The Moon applying to a Planet shews things to come, according to the Nature of her application with them; as if with good Planets, then good; if with ill Planets the contrary.

42.

The Moon fortunate in the morning, the Querent’s Business prospers the better all day after; one born when she is so, will be fortunate.

43.

The Moon unfortunate in the morning, shews Corruption of the Question, &&c. and he that is then born, dyeth quickly; or else is very sickly.

44.

The Moon in conjunction with Saturn, is observed to be an evil day for every work.

45.

The Moon in conjunction with Jupiter, is found to be a good day in all humane affairs.

46.

The Moon in conjunction with Mars, is observed to be unfortunate for every purpose.

47.

The Moon in conjunction with the Sun, is only fit for private business; he that then falls sick, dyes.

48.

The Moon in conjunction with Venus, shews a good day, chiefly in Love matters.

49.

The Moon in conjunction with Mercury, ’tis good; but principally in Contracts and Writings.

50.

The Moon in opposition to Saturn, denotes an ill day in all kind of business.

51.

The Moon in opposition to Jupiter, denotes a good day in all kind of things;- But I doubt it.-

52.

The Moon in opposition to Mars, you are advised to begin nothing of weight that day.

53.

The Moon in opposition to the Sun is good in no manner of business.

54.

The Moon in opposition to Venus, shews a laudable day in all kind of business;- believe it who will.-

55.

The Moon in opposition to Mercury, shews a good day for all things, except Writings and Contracts.

56.

The Moon in square to Saturn, shews a bad day, chiefly in meeting with Kings, great Persons, Nobles, &c. Let not eminent persons then take Journeys, for they will prove ill; he that falls sick, will hardly escape.

57.

The Moon in square to Jupiter, shews a good day in access to great Men to obtain friends.

58.

The Moon in square to Mars, that day is unfortunate for all things; chiefly in contending with great Men, Commanders, &c. Likewise in Marriages; also the sick person either dyes, or bleeds.

59.

When the Moon is in square to the Sun, it is an ill day for diseased persons, and the same to go to obtain the favour or friendship of great Persons.

60.

The Moon in square to Venus is good in all things, chiefly in wooing and dallying.

61.

The Moon in square to Mercury is a good day to Merchandize, to Study, or Converse with Kings.

62.

The Moon in sextile to Saturn, is good to converse with ancient people, or to begin any work of a Saturnine Nature.

63.

The Moon in sextile to Jupiter, is a good time to settle things, to do works of Charity and Justice.

64.

The Moon in sextile to Mars, is a good day to Engage an Enemy, to reduce or divide an Army.

65.

The Moon in sextile to the Sun, shews a good time to manage the affairs of Kings, or great Persons.

66.

The Moon in sextile to Venus, shews an excellent time in all things, chiefly of Love.

67.

The Moon in sextile to Mercury, is a good day for Contracts, Agreements, Merchandizing, Sealing of Writings, &c.

68.

The Moon in trine to Saturn, is a good day to Build, till, &c. and to talk to Magistrates, and grave Persons.

69.

The Moon in trine to Jupiter, declares a good day in all things; but chiefly to meet Kings, Judges, &c.

70.

The Moon in trine to Mars, is a good day to begin War, to end Controversies, to Hunt, to Discourse Souldiers, &c.

71.

The Moon in trine to the Sun, is a day good to meet, or speak with Kings, Princes, and Nobles.

72.

The Moon in trine to Venus, denotes an excellent day in all things, chiefly in Marriage of Love matters.

73.

The Moon in trine to Mercury, is a day good to converse with Lawyers, Scribes, Secretaries.

74.

When Saturn is in the Ascendant, he hurts the Question, when Retrograde, there he destroys it.

75.

When Saturn is in the tenth, either in Nativities or Questions, he destroys the most hopeful things.

76.

When Saturn is in the seventh, he often changeth the business, and brings much mischief.

77.

When Saturn is in the fourth House, he declares an unhappy end of every business of undertaking.

78.

In any Geniture, Election, or Question whatever Saturn bindeth, Jupiter dissolves.

79.

Whatever Mars at any time bindeth, Venus sets free.

80.

When the Moon separates from Jupiter or Venus, she undoes what happens to be bound by Mercury.

81.

The three Superiour Planets in opposition to the Sun, are observed not only to hinder the Question, but corrupt it.

82.

When Saturn is in square to the Sun, there is a shew of a good progress; but a bad end of a thing.

83.

Saturn in square or opposition to Jupiter, dissolveth the oppression and violence menaced.

84.

Saturn in conjunction, square, or opposition to Mars, prohibits Mirth and impedes or destroys the Question.

85.

Saturn in conjunction, square or opposition to Venus, chiefly in the tenth, declares the Question then propounded, to aim at dishonesty.

86.

Saturn in conjunction, square or opposition to Mercury, destroys the Question, and makes things that are in themselves impertinent, more impertinent and idle.

87.

Jupiter in conjunction, square or opposition to the Sun, is found to hinder an evil threatned; and not only so, but also to turn such an evil to good.

88.

Jupiter in conjunction, square or opposition to Mars hinders the force of Generation and Corruption.

89.

Jupiter in conjunction, square or opposition of Venus, shews the aptness of the Question, and its good end.

90.

Jupiter in conjunction, square or opposition to Mercury, shews the business inquired after, to come to a good end, and this with an Addition to what the Querent Expects.

91.

The Infortunes in the second House strong, declare the Querents Substance or Fortune, to change from evil to good; as well in Nativities, as Questions.

92.

But if the Infortunes are there unfortunate, his substance is then changed from good to evil.

93.

You may give the same Judgment when you find them posited in either of the other Angles.

94.

When you find the Lord of the Ascendant in the Combust way, the Question is commonly corrupted, the Combust way, is from 1 deg. of Libra to 1 deg. of Scorpio.

95.

An Infortune in the tenth or fourth from the Ascendant of the Question, obscures the matter or things quesited after, and the Querent shall tremble (says my Author) to think of the evil attending it.

96.

An Infortune in the Ascendant or second House fortunate, portends the Business in Question, to answer the Querent’s desire; but shews he shall reap small gain thereby.

97.

But if they shall be there unfortunate, then they declare the matter or thing inquired after, shall never come to any good end.

98.

When you find few degrees Horoscopical, and the Lord of the Ascendant in the sixth, or ninth Houses descending, the Querent never obtains the thing he expects; the Fortunes Cadent, Infortunes angular, the same.

99.

A Planet signifying any matter or thing, evilly disposed, at the time of the Querent’s first moving the same, denotes a troublesome, unhappy, vexatious end to the thing; but if he be well disposed, say the contrary.

100.

When the Significator of a thing is in Reception, or good Aspect of an Infortune in an Angle, the Querent’s business then may be accomplished; but he usually at the last takes away what he gave hopes of at the first; the knowledge of Reception is when a Planet shall be in the House or Exaltation of another, and that other in his, and both of them there, free from the beams of the Infortunes.

John Partridge: Hermes, his Centiloquium, or his hundred Aphorisms Rendred into English (1679)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

Partridge, like many authors, was in the habit of compiling earlier authors into his books. This wasn’t literally by Hermes; this was from the period when authors preferred to ascribe their work to earlier personannges, real or mythological, than to themselves. I have included this list here because of the number of aphorisms that are useful in electional.

This material is excerpted from pages 293-307 of Partridge’s work:

Partridge, John. 1679. Mikropanastron, or an Astrological Vade Mecum, briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology – viz., Questions, Nativities, with all its parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections never so comprised nor compiled before, &c. William Bromwich: London.


Hermes, his Centiloquium, or his hundred Aphorisms Rendred into English.

1.

The Sun and Moon next under God are the life of all things living; yet many Nativities have no Hylech; yet because the Sun and Moon friendly behold their Ascendant, or be therein free from affliction, their lives shall be the longer continued.

2.

All diurnal Nativities are strengthened by the Sun, when well beheld of the Fortunes, Nocturnal of the Moon, when she is so fortified; if this happen not, yet of good Planets are found in Angles, the Nativity shall be good.

3.

When Mars shall be Lord of the Ascendant, and posited in the tenth, it confers on the Native Dignity and Power, which will be accompanied with Injury and Cruelty, and may be therefore called an Infortune, rather than a Happiness.

4.

Jupiter in good Aspect of the Infortunes, changeth the Malevolency into good; Venus cannot effect any such thing unless Jupiter assist her; therefore in procuring good and prohibiting evil, Jupiter is found much better than Venus.

5.

An Artist cannot make a Commixion of the Significations of the Stars, before he know their Friendships and Enmities, which is threefold: First, according to their Nature; Secondly, according to their Houses; And Thirdly, according to their Aspects.

6.

Venus is opposite to Mercury, he imbraceth Languages and Discipline, she, delights and Pleasures, Jupiter the like of Mars, he loves Mercy and Justice, Mars Impiety and Cruelty.

7.

Make the Sun or one of the Superiours to signifie Princes and great Men, Scribes and Rusticks the Inferiour Planets, and chief the Moon.

8.

The Signification of the conjunction is not lessened by an Aspect, but an Aspect is by a conjunction; as having lesser force.

9.

Give no Judgment, neither Elect any thing, while Scorpio is ascending; neither when the Angles are oblique and crooked; of if Mars be in the Ascendant, the event will prove cross, and the matter come to no good end; for Scorpio is a Sign of falsity.

10.

Good Planets afflicted of the Infortunes from the sixth or twelfth Houses bode ill.

11.

Rumours spread when the Moon is in the first face of Scorpio, is false and knavishly forged.

12.

The Judgments of Astrologers are not many times true, by reason of the error of their Instruments, or the Querents Ignorance, or when the Sun is near the M.C. or when the Arguments of promise and denial of the thing are equal in the Figure.

13.

When the Moon shall be South, descending in Scorpio or Pisces, begin not then to Build; for a Fabrick then Erected, quickly comes to ruine.

14.

Mercury being strong and in proper places of the Heavens, well Configurated of other Stars or Planets in Nativities, denotes convenient Dignity to the Native thereby; but Mercury of himself is a Planet weak.

15.

Whoso contendeth with another, and overcomes when the Significators are in by Corporeal Sign, gets a great Victory; but if overcome, loseth much; for then the good or evil is doubled.

16.

Give no Judgment before thou knowest the intent of the Querent; for many ask they know not what, nor can they express what they intend.

17.

When thou shalt be Interrogated for a Father, behold the fourth House; for Brother, the third House; for a Son, the fifth House; for a Wife, the seventh; but if for a Sick person, behold the Ascendant only.

18.

When the Moon shall come to the Quadrate of the Fortunes of the Infortunes, and the Testimonies of the helps or hindrances of the matter doubtful, it is to be doubted that the strength of the bad Planets will more impede than the others can assist.

19.

In the beginning of Journeys, and returns therefrom, let not the Moon be in the Ascendant, fourth, or ninth Houses, although she be not afflicted; in the entring of a City place her neither in the Ascendant, second, or fourth Houses.

20.

There are three ways of discovering the Accidents proper to Men, i.e. from the Nativity, from the birth of his first Child, or by a Question propounded, with which the mind was solicitous and affected.

21.

Every beginning when the Moon shall be joyned to a Retrograde Planet, will soon be destroyed, and if she shall be otherwise impedited, the mischief shall happen the sooner.

22.

Make Saturn and Sun Significators of Kings and Princes, with the Planet and Planets in the tenth; but their helpers take from the eleventh, and the assisters of vulgar persons from the second.

23.

When a King or Prince sets forth to a Journey, be sure you reject that time when Cancer ascends.

24.

Gemini and Sagittarius obey the Head and Tail of the Dragon more than other Signs, therefore do they work more mischief in those Signs, than in any other.

25.

When either Taurus or Libra ascend in Women’s Nativities, and Mars in them, she will be immodest and unchast; the same if Capricorn shall ascend.

26.

The virtues of the Planets are received by the Sun, when he is posited either in the Ascendant or M.C. in conjunction of them; the Moon in the night time receives them also, if in the aforesaid places she be joyned to them.

27.

Jupiter dissolves Saturn’s malice, and Venus dissolves Mars’s.

28.

When the Question is propounded of a Woman, take Venus as her natural Significatrix, but more particularly the seventh House; but if a Question be asked of an Enemy, respect the twelfth House; but, then more particularly the seventh House also.

29.

When any one goeth to a War, especially a King, let the Ascendant be one of the Houses of the Superiour Planets, or the Sun; and let the Lord of the Ascendant and the Sun be potent in the Figure, but the Lord of the seventh weak and unfortunate.

30.

The Moon increasing in light and motion, and in conjunction with Saturn and Jupiter, is generally good in all things; but if she be diminished in light, ’tis ill; understand the contrary wholly when she is in conjunction with Venus and Mars.

31.

Let not Jupiter be under the Suns beams or otherwise impedited, when you either Pawn or Lend Things; which if he shall so be, and not received of the impediting Planets, there will be but little or no hopes of Redemption.

32.

The fortunate Planets going to conjunction or Aspect of the Infortunes in any Figure diminish their evil Influence; if the Figure be good, the greater good they do; if ill, the less; but the Malevolents in square or opposition of the Benevolents, diminish and abate of their virtue, the other Aspects hinder not.

33.

Saturn passing out of one Sign into another, causeth strange Apparitions in the Heavens, which the Arabians call Assab; or certain other Signs of a fiery Nature.

34.

The conjunction of Jupiter and Sun, produceth a temperate air, chiefly when they are in aerial Signs, from a conjunction of Saturn and Sun comes cold, and from the conjunction of Mars and the Sun, in a Bicorporeal Sign, and in the Spring time proceeds a Cloudy air; whence Diseases very frequently follow.

35.

In the Summer, when the Sun enters the terms of Mars, Heat is caused; in the Winter drought, and scarcity of Rain and Waters.

36.

In the Nativities and Questions of Men, make Hylech and Alchocoden, and their directions, chiefly in questions concerning Kings and great Men, by which their accidents are chiefly known, let them be good or evil.

37.

If the Ascendant be fortunate, and the Lord thereof unfortunate, it shews a healthful Body, but an afflicted mind; but if the contrary happen, judge the contrary.

38.

Always note the Configurations of the Stars, not by their Signs, but Orbs.

39.

Let the Moon be increasing in Light, and free from the Aspects of the Infortunes, when you would Cure sore Eyes.

40.

The Part of Fortune will ill Planets in the fourth, ninth, or tenth Houses, denoteth death to the Sick.

41.

When the Significators of either good or evil shall be Stationary and Angular, it shall be the more durable; but it shall be the more mutable and variable, if the Significator shall be Cadent from Angles, and Retrograde.

42.

The lord of the second hath the same strength in hurting, as the Lord of the eighth, the Lord of the sixth, the same with the Lord of the twelfth.

43.

Mars Occidental in Cancer, not beheld of Saturn, Jupiter, Venus or the Sun, makes a good Phlebotomist; but if Mars shall be in Capricorn, it makes a destroyer of Men, and one that delights to shed blood.

44.

The best Artist in the world may err, if he mistakes the Significator.

45.

When Saturn shall be elevated above Venus, and in square to her, it makes the Native shameless, and a perfect Woman-hater; but if Venus is elevated above Saturn, he shall be a great friend to Women.

46.

If in any Nativity Mercury shall be in the Ascendant Oriental and swift, the Native will be Eloquent and Learned in the liberal Science; the same happeneth, if he shall be in Sagittarius in his own terms.

47.

The first of the Angles is the Ascendant, the second the M.C. the third the seventh House, and the fourth the I.C. but of the rest, the eleventh is first, then the second, then the fifth, then the ninth, then the third; but the sixth, eighth, and twelfth Houses are accounted the worst.

48.

Mars his Influence is never abated, unless by the imposture of a Benevolent Planet.

49.

Let your Significator agree with his whom you mean to supplicate.

50.

The Ascendant, or a Planet found in the last degree of a Sign, the Signification must be taken from the Sign following; but if in 29 degrees in the same Sign; the strength of a Planet is considered three ways, viz. in the degree where it is found, the next preceeding, and succeeding.

51.

Who should consider of future Contingents from the Conjunction of the Planets, but things past or present, by their separations.

52.

When Jupiter shall be in Cancer, removed from the Ascendant, and no way impedited of any other Star, the Native will be Rational and very Expert in Science; but delighting to lead a Recluse life, he shall not have the applause of his Learning.

53.

In the world many evils will happen, when in one month there shall be an Eclipse of both Luminaries; chiefly in those places subject to the Signs they are in.

54.

When the Moon shall be in the Combust way, or Peregrine in the beginning of a Journey; the person will either fall Sick in his Journey, or shall be otherwise grievously troubled and molested.

55.

It behoves the Astrologer to consider the time in Directions of the Planets; but in the Fixed Stars it is not so needful.

56.

The Father’s Estate shall pass to the Son, if Saturn shall be fortunate, and in friendly Aspect of the Lord of the Ascendant; but this is more freely, if Saturn shall be Lord of the fourth.

57.

Fortunate Planets being in Signs where they have no Dignity, their Benignity is translated another way.

58.

Mars Almuten of a Nativity and not joyned to good Planets, signifies the Native to suffer by envy and hatred.

59.

The fortunate Stars confer great felicity, when they shall be received of each other in their proper Houses; and when the evil Planets are to be received, they refrain from doing much mischief.

60.

The Native will be sickly and weak, when Saturn is elevated above Mars; but if Mars shall be elevated above Saturn, he shall be fat and lust.

61.

In Mens Nativities, if the Part of Marriage shall fall in Signs obedient, and in Womens in Signs Imperant, the Woman shall rule the Man, and he shall obey; if it fall otherwise, say the contrary.

62.

If the lords of the Triplicity of the conjunction of the Lights shall friendly respect each other, the first to the second, the second to the third; it bodes eminent prosperity, and a freedom from sorrow.

63.

Mercury in Pisces in deep or pitted degrees, makes the Native foolish and slow of Speech, and if Jupiter shall be in the Houses of Mars, he will be sordid and needy, and receive hurt from Souldiers; but if in the Houses of Saturn, chiefly Capricorn, and in such degrees, he will be morose, rigid, and odious to all men.

64.

Mercury in Reception of Mars by Houses, or if he shall be in Aspect with him, falling from an Angle, the Native will be a Lover of Hunting, and play at Dice and Tables; but if they shall not be Cadent, he shall prove an excellent Souldier.

65.

Planets under the Sun beames, or within 12 degrees thereof, are unfortunate, unless in the same degree with him; but when they are passed 13 degrees from him, they are fortunate.

66.

The North Node with the Infortunes, denote terrible mischiefs, for that increaseth their malice; but with the Fortunes its works good, and Increaseth their Benignity; but the Significations of the South Node are to be taken the contrary way.

67.

Mercury in the sixth House of a Nativity, the Native will change from one Religion to another, and will have his felicity partly impedited by the reason of his Inconstancy.

68.

The first Sign hath preheminence in Signification, when two Signs have to do in the matter.

69.

Accept the beginning of every thing from the Moon; but the end from her dispositor.

70.

If Jupiter in the Revolution of the world shall be in his House, Exaltation, or oriental in an Angle, and otherwise free from evil; he signifies plenty of all things.

71.

When the Moon and the Lord of the Ascendant shall be impedited by the Lord of the eighth, the Sick person hath cause to fear.

72.

‘Tis ill to begin any Law-Suits, or other Controversies, when the Moon is ill dignified;
the Plaintiff without doubt will be overcome.

73.

All Rebellions breaking out at the beginning of the year, are not easily Suppressed.

74.

The Moon in ruminating Signs, joyned to Retrograde Planets, it is not then good to Purge, the Physick will work upward to the Patients Injury.

75.

Oriental Planets signifying either good or evil, perform their work speedily: Occidental, more slowly.

76.

The middle stay of a Solar Eclipse is by the degree of the Conjunction of the Lights.

77.

There will happen many Wars and Difficulties, when in a Revolutional Figure of the world, Saturn and Jupiter shall be in their Exaltations.

78.

Be wary and Circumspect in your Judgment when a Fortune is with a Malevolent, nor be you over-confident that the malice of the Infortunate will be averted.

79.

There are twelve Signs, one of which is constantly ascending, the Ascendant signifies the Body, and the Lord thereof the Mind; let not that Sign ascend for your purpose whose Lord is impedimented.

80.

Planets in Fixed Signs shew the matter durable, in Bicorporeal Signs doubtful, in Moveable Signs convertible to good or evil.

81.

In matters of Secresie, let not the Moon be Combust, but going from Combustion.

82.

When the Moon is in a Fixed Sign, neither cut out, or put on any new Garment, chiefly in Leo, for ’tis extream dangerous; it is the same if she be in conjunction or opposition to the Sun, or impedimented of the Infortunes.

83.

The Moon hath great Power in all Questions, except when Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius ascend; for either of those Signs abate of her Signification, chiefly Leo and Aquarius.

84.

Saturn is under the Sun beams, until he be 15 degrees from him; understand the same of Jupiter.

85.

Refuse the Moon in Cancer or Virgo for Marriages, unless it be in Marrying of Widows.

86.

An Infortune in his own House or Exaltation and Oriental, is better than a Fortune who is Retrograde or impedited.

87.

There will be some Impediment in that part of the Body, represented by the Sign afflicted at Birth.

88.

Immense Prosperity is portended, when the Lords of the Triplicity of the Luminaries shall have virtue in an Angle or Succedent House, and be their proper places, remote from the Aspects of the Infortunes; and if the Lord of the Ascendant shall be well seated also, the happiness shall be the more and the greater.

89.

The sextile and trine Aspects have the same quality in effect; but the sextile is less forcible than the trine, either in good or evil.

90.

Saturn performs evil slowly, but Mars swift; and therefore Mars is reputed to hurt more than Saturn.

91.

When the three Superiour Planets shall be joyned in a Regal Sign, it is termed great Conjunction, and when the Sun beholds them, they make most potent and flourishing Kingdoms.

92.

Those doubts are soon resolved that are propounded, when the Moon and the Planet to whom she applies, are in Signs having voice, and in the fifth or third Houses, or in opposition to them.

93.

The Infortunes in the eighth House have their malice increased; but the Benevolents there portend neither good not evil.

94.

There will be neither good or evil be performed, but when the good or and Planets in a Nativity or Revolution shall Aspect the Moon by a Quadrat.

95.

If Mercury be afflicted in the sixth House, the Native will die in Prison; if Saturn shall be in the twelfth, and Venus in the eighth, he shall end his days by Precipitation.

96.

When the Sun by day, and the Moon by night shall be impedited, the person is to be feared.

97.

The Significations of the Stars are always varied, as they vary in their Configuration and Latitude.

98.

The Moon in the fourth, seventh, ninth, or twelfth, shews the true cause of the Question propounded, the same is known by her separation from Mercury; and if the Ascendant and Moon shall be in double-bodied Signs, the cause of the Question is confirmed.

99.

An Infortune in his House or Exaltation, denotes the matter signified by him to come to a good end, but with delays; but if he shall be impedited in the Ascendant, though in his own House or Exaltation the matter will be obstructed, and come to an ill end.

100.

The Event of every Enterprize that is doubtful, is termed by the Significators, viz. by the fourth House and his Lord, and the Planet strong in the same; also by the Light of the time, and his Lord, and by the Planet and his Dispositor to whom the light of the time is joyned.

John Partridge: On Elections – Aphorisms (1679)

This material is excerpted from pages 264-276 of Partridge’s work:

Partridge, John. 1679. Mikropanastron, or an Astrological Vade Mecum, briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology – viz., Questions, Nativities, with all its parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections never so comprised nor compiled before, &c. William Bromwich: London.


Of some special Rules for Elections, digested into 80 Aphorisms.

1.

By a Nativity, you may judge what part of the world is best to live it, either for Health or Riches.

2.

If the Fortunes are joyned with the Lord of the Ascendant, between the M.C. and Ascendant; it is best to live Eastward.

3.

In all Elections fortifie the Lord of the Ascendant, and the Lord of the House of the thing desired.

4.

Saturn doth most mischief in long Journeys, Mars in short.

5.

Fixed Signs forbid Journeys, Moveable Signs promote them, the latter part of Libra excepted.

6.

The Moon increasing, in good Ray of the Sun, helps forward Journeys.

7.

When an Infortune receives a Fortune by good Aspect, it doth no harm.

8.

In Journeys, the greatest impediment of a Planet is to be Peregrine.

9.

When you go a Journey by Land, it is bad to have Mars in the third or ninth, for it signifies he shall be robbed; but it is worse to have him in the second.

10.

When you begin a Journey, take heed there is no ill Planet in the seventh; for that shews evil to befall thee in the place whither thou goest.

11.

The Lord of the ninth or third in the first, the Journey will be profitable.

12.

If the Lord of the Ascendant give power to the Lord of the ninth, the Journey will be profitable.

13.

In short Journeys view the Lord of the third, for he signifies short Journeys.

14.

In all Journeys view the Moon, for she is a general Significatrix of Journeys.

15.

Take particular heed to the Lord of the hour; for if he be impedimented when you take a Journey, it will do as much harm, as when the Lord of the Horoscope is so.

16.

The hours of Saturn and Mars are ill to take a Journey in; but the hours of Jupiter, Venus, Sun and Moon, are good.

17.

In Journeys, the Impediments of Saturn are many, and may be known by the Nature of the Sign he is in; For Example, If in a Sea Voyage Saturn ascend in Pisces, the Ship will be Shipwrackt.

18.

Take no Journey by Sea when a fiery Sign Ascendeth; for then a watery Sign is in the eighth House, which is evil.

19.

If you go to a Prince or King, let a fiery Sign ascend, and let the Sun be fortunate.

20.

If the Sun or Moon give power to the Lord of the Ascendant, it is good.

21.

In the Foundations of Cities, in the first place regard the Fixed Stars, then joyn Benevolent Planets with them.

22.

In the Foundations of Houses, first regard the Planets, and their Natures; then the Nature of the Signs.

23.

The Moon in Scorpio or Pisces, having Latitude South and descending, begin no Building, for if you do, it will quickly fall.

24.

The most fortunate time to begin Building, is, when the Moon is in Aquarius, or else let Aquarius ascend, and the Moon behold it and the Fortunes also by good Aspect; to wit the degree ascending.

25.

Leo and Taurus are also good; but not so good as Aquarius.

26.

Let not the Lord of the Ascendant be Combust or Retrograde, nor in his Fall, not in ill Aspect to any Planet.

27.

If it be possible, let both the Lights behold the Ascendant.

28.

At such a time Saturn will do least mischief in the twelfth, and Mars in the sixth.

29.

Let not the Sign ascending at the Revolution of the year be in the seventh House, when you lay your Foundation; for that stirs up Enemies to molest your Building.

30.

An evil Planet Peregrine in the tenth House will not stand, and yet you had better have Saturn there, than Mars.

31.

That City will be most unfortunate, whose Foundation is laid when Mars is in the M.C. for many of its Citizens and Rulers will perish by the Sword.

32.

When a Foundation is laid, let not the Moon be with the South Node, or in conjunction, square, or opposition to Saturn, not Saturn in the Ascendant; for the Building will go on slowly, and perhaps be never finished; it will be subject to many misfortunes, and perhaps at last fall down. At the Foundation of Chelsey Colledge, the Moon was in opposition to the Sun Lord of the twelfth in the tenth, and in square to Saturn Lord of the sixth, and Saturn in square to Mercury Lord of the Horoscope: it was never used for any thing but a Prison.

33.

If Mars be so seated or Aspected as in the former Aphorism we have spoke of Saturn, the House will be Burnt; as you may see in the Figure of the Defiance Frigat.

34.

In the Lanching of Ships let not Mars be in the Horoscope, nor the Lord of the Horoscope going to Combustion in the eighth in a fiery Sign; for the Ship will be certainly Burnt, as you may see in our Example.

35.

Let the Moon and the Lord of the Horoscope be strong and unfortunate above the earth, and the Infortunes in Cadent Houses, except the ninth.

36.

In Marriages the Ascendant stands for the Man, the seventh for the Woman.

37.

In which of these parts good Planets are, it will be best for them.

38.

In both beware of the beginning of Scorpio, and the end of Libra, for such is the Combust way, and portends no good in such matters, nor in few others indeed.

39.

Let not the Moon be Combust, for that signifies death; nor in the Combust way, for that signifies an ill end.

40.

It is very ill at the time of Marriage, if the Moon apply to Saturn or Mars, be the Aspect never so good; for there will be neither peace nor love between them.

41.

If you would Marry for Issue, let the Moon be in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces, not unfortunate; and if she be in the West, it is so much the better.

42.

In all Marriages, let the Moon increase in Light and Motion, and let her have no ill Aspect to the Sun, not any at all to Saturn or Mars.

43.

Venus is the general Significatrix of Marriage, and therefore it is best to let the Moon apply to her.

44.

Let the Lord of the Ascendant and the Lord of the seventh be in good Aspect with Reception, and the Lord of the Ascendant strongest, and a commanding Planet.

45.

If the Lord of the Ascendant is weak, and the Lord of the seventh strong in the seventh strong in the seventh, and he a commanding Planet also, and in good Aspect of Mars; she will wear the Breeches, and domineer over her Husband to the purpose.

46.

I knew one that had Virgo ascending at Marriage, and Mercury in Virgo, and Jupiter Lord of the seventh in opposition to Saturn Retrograde, and both in square of Venus, and the Moon in square to Mars; the truth is, she was old and full of Conditions; but they were very wicked ones.

47.

I know another who had Scorpio ascending at the time of Marriage, and Mars and Venus in conjunction in Virgo, and both Combust, and in opposition to the Moon, and it hath proved a very unhappy Marriage.

48.

Let not Saturn or Mars be in the seventh, for they make the Women always out of order.

49.

Such as go to War, ought to consider of coming safe home again.

50.

For this end, let the Sun, Jupiter, Venus, or the North Node be in the Ascendant, or else they may fail of it.

51.

If Saturn be in the Ascendant, he will come home again a Coward, and surprized with fear, and not fight.

52.

If Mars be there, he will either dye, or be dangerously wounded.

53.

But if Saturn and Mars be there, you may be confident he will never return.

54.

If the Lord of the Ascendant be in his fall, he will hardly return.

55.

If no Planet be in the Ascendant, look to the eighth or tenth Houses; for if an evil Planet be in the eighth, he will die; but if in the tenth, he will be taken Prisoner.

56.

Jupiter in the eighth, and the Moon in conjunction with Saturn in the tenth, he comes home safe; but with difficulty and loss of honour, as in Maj. Gen. Lambert, who set out to meet Gen. Monck coming from Scotland, 1659. Novemb. 3. 10 ho. 15 min. A.M.

57.

He that would fight effectually, must either have one of the houses of Mars ascending, or Mars in good Aspect of the Moon, Horoscope, or Lord thereof.

58.

Let the Lord of the Ascendant be a Superiour Planet and strong, and let the Lord of the seventh be weak and in his Fall.

59.

Let not the Moon, nor Lord of the Ascendant be afflicted by the Lord of the twelfth in the twelfth, lest he be taken Prisoner.

60.

Neither let them be in the eighth, nor afflicted in the eighth,lest he die or be slain.

61.

An evil Planet in the M.C. signifies ill to the Assailant; but in the I.C. to the Defendent.

62.

Judge of the Assailant by the Ascendant, and so vary the Houses accordingly.

63.

But judge of the Defendent by the seventh, and thence vary the Houses as before, the tenth being his fourth, and the fourth his tenth, &c.

64.

It is not good to Fight, when the Lord of the Ascendant is in the eighth House.

65.

The Sun doth no good in the Ascendant in the hour of Battail, nor yet joyned to the Lord of the Ascendant.

66.

The Assailant always loseth the Battail, if the Lord of the Ascendant be an Infortune, Retrograde, or Combust.

67.

But if the Lord of the seventh be so, the Defendent will be beaten, and he that begins the Battail first will have the Victory.

68.

Let no King or General go to Battial, when the Lord of the Ascendant applies to the seventh House.

69.

There is no taking of a City (Authors say) when the City-Sign ascends at the Revolution of the year of the World.

70.

When the Moon, Saturn, and Mars shall be joyned together, there shall be great effusion of Blood.

71.

But if at their setting forth, the Lord of the Ascendant and seventh, are in good Aspect with Reception, and the Benevolent Planets afford their Benevolent Rays, from good Houses of Heaven, they both agree without fighting.

72.

What hath been said of two fighting, is as well applicable to the Plaintiff and Defendant in Law.

73.

For any one to go to a King, or other great Man, let the Moon be in the Horoscope in sextile or trine to the Sun in the tenth House.

74.

Or else let the Moon by applying to the Lord of the tenth, and if possible in Reception, and all begun in the hour of the Sun.

75.

But if it be to go to, or Petition a Bishop, Judge, &c. let the Moon be joyned to Jupiter by Body or good Aspect, or by a square, so it be with Reception.

76.

But if he be to go to old Men, let the Moon be applying by sextile or trine to Saturn, from good places of Heaven, the Angles have most force.

77.

In managing Business with Women, let the Moon apply to Venus; if with Mathematicians, Accomptants, to Mercury; and so in the rest.

78.

In all Elections you use the freedom of your will, and so you constitute the Heavens to dispose of their Influence in the common course of Nature.

79.

In the framing of Elections, let them not be for unreasonable things, nor impertinent things; but use discretion with Art.

80.

In all Elections have respect to their Nativities, and see whether there be a possibility of effecting it; for Art cannot contradict the Resolutions of a Deity.

John Partridge: On Elections – Second Section, with examples (1679)

This material is excerpted from pages 248-264 of Partridge’s work:

Partridge, John. 1679. Mikropanastron, or an Astrological Vade Mecum, briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology – viz., Questions, Nativities, with all its parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections never so comprised nor compiled before, &c. William Bromwich: London.


Chap. IV.

Of Laying the Foundations of Cities, Houses, and other Building; and of Launching of Ships, &c.

In laying the Foundations of Cities, Houses, &c. you must observe that Sign under which the Kingdom or City is in, which you would Build, and whether the Sign be fortunate or unfortunate, by the presence of an evil Star; but Haly fol. 309. adviseth to observe who is Lord of that Climate or place, and put him in the tenth House strong in good Aspect and Reception with Jupiter, and one of the Houses of Jupiter in the Horoscope, the Moon increasing in light and motion, and she joyned (if possible) both to Jupiter and Venus, and separating from Saturn, except he was concerned in the Government of the place; yet Saturn strong and fortunate in his own House, may be allowed a place in the Ascendant or Mid-heaven, because of his durability, Haly, in loco citato; but above all, let Mars be Cadent, and far remote from the Luminaries and Ascendant and the Lord thereof, and from the Lord of the hour, and from the Lord of the terms ascending, likewise remove Mars from the part of Fortune, and let not the Moon be with either of her Nodes, especially the South Node; but let her be ascending in her Latitude, and that North; and if possible, let her be in her Exaltation, or in the Exaltation of Jupiter, and as before is mentioned of Saturn; if you put him in good Aspect or Reception with Jupiter, he then signifies the durability of the house or City, the peace, quietness and tranquility of its Inhabitants; yet let not the Moon be in conjunction, square or opposition of him or Mars, for that is very ill; but he who hath any skill in common Nativities, cannot be to seek in Elections of this kind; remembring to put Mars and Dragons Tail remote from the Luminaries, Ascendant and second House; for in these places they are very ill. But I will proceed to give you some Examples of these things, and so apply some of our Rules; And first, of Chelsey College, which is now ruined with Age for want of Repair; the Planets places are as followeth, taken from Origanus, without Reduction.

Chart of the first stone of Chelsey College was laid, May 8, 1609, 11 hr 45′ am.

It is generally observed in Nativities, that the Moon in opposition of the Sun, and square of Saturn, shews that such a Nativity is not Vital; and indeed so it hath proved in the fate of this fabrick.

It may be observed, that this Figure nearly agreeth with the Nativity of that great Prince, whose hand gave a beginning to its being, and doubtless it was by him premeditated; for he had the same Figure almost at the laying of the Foundation of the New Exchange in the Strand, which was done a month before this, and the Moon in Scorpio also; but in that Figure, although the Moon was in opposition of Jupiter; yet they both cast their good Rays to the Horoscope, and Mars and Venus in the tenth, trine to Saturn, and Venus in Reception with Mercury, Lord of the tenth and first, which indeed was a great deal the more advantageous Figure for glory and duration, although there are some ill accidents in that Figure, as well as this;- But to speak of this Figure in particular, observe, Mercury Lord of the Ascendant is in Taurus almost Peregrine (he having nothing there, but the least of all Dignities) Cadent, and in square of Saturn in the sixth, and he and Jupiter the strongest Planets in the Figure, the one Lord of the sixth, and the other in the eighth House, and Mercury Lord of the Horoscope is going to Combustion in the tenth, and the Sun, who is fons vitae is afflicted by Jupiter Lord of the eighth House; and Jupiter who is part Lord of the fourth House, which signifies the end of a thing, is Combust, (or as some will have it, in Cazimi) and the Moon in the fourth is afflicted also by the square to Saturn; hence it may be concluded, that the Reasons of its Ruine was from its beginning, and that Buildings as well as Bodies, have their Apheta’s, Alchoden’s, and Anareta’s.

I shall not stand to innumerate the Rules before-mentioned, and how they take place in the Ruine of this Fabrick; but leave them to the Reader, to ruminate upon, and to sharpen the edge of his fancy in the applying of them to the present purpose, and so proceed to the next Example, which is the Royal Exchange in London, whose Foundation-Stone was laid by our present Soveraign King Charles the Second (whom God preserve) it having been burnt by that dreadful Fire 1666, and now to be Rebuilt in 1667. Octob. 23, at Noon, the Figure followeth.


It is observed by Mr. Gadbury upon this stately Fabrick’s Nativity; that it hath the Ascendant of Augustus Caesar, whose name is known to the whole world, who knows anything of history to be famous, and I judge this simile is suitable, for this Figure carries with it a face of as great and as probable glory as can be wished; so that whosoever did Elect this time for His Majestie; did, I judge, understand the Stars better than we are aware of, or else the Providence of God did so order it, that it was an honourable Hit of fate to us, to remember so good a Prince, who set his Royal hand first to the beginning of so memorable a work, which may, for ought I can see, dure
while the City is in being; for here is Saturn Lord of the Horoscope, in Capricorn his greatest Dignities, and placed it (according to the aforementioned Rule of Haly, fol. 309) in trine with the Moon, and she in Taurus, her Dignities, casting her good Rays to the Horoscope; next, here is the Sun and Mercury in the tenth House, and both within Orbs of the conjunction of Venus, and Mercury in Reception with Mars, Lord of the tenth House, and the part of Fortune in the seventh House in the Dignities of Jupiter and the Moon, and Mars and the Moon strong, casting their good Rays thither.

Thus you see, here are all the advantagious Positions mentioned by Haly; for here Saturn Lord of the Horoscope and Figure, also in trine of the Moon, and Venus Lady of the hour upon the Cusp of the tenth, casting her trine to the Horoscope also; and Mercury who is in conjunction with the Sun in the tenth House, is in Reception with Mars Lord of the tenth, and the tenth and fourth House are Fixed Signs, and the Horoscope by the presence of Saturn, is equal to a Fixed Sign also.-

Here is one thing to be observed in the Building of this stately pile; for Saturn Lord of the Hour is in square to Jupiter, and in opposition to the part of Fortune; so it shews some trouble, hinderance or impediment in its Building; and as Jupiter is a general Significator of Wealth and Money; so it should arise from something signified by Jupiter; and the rather because he is Lord of the second, which signifies the substance of the Place, or Money; the truth is, as I myself saw, (the Building being half finished) the Sheriff of the City came to seize all upon the Premises; but the owners having a timely warning shut up the Gates, and denied them entrance, and suddenly after made up the difference with the Plaintiff, and then the Building did again go on ; yet this was a hinderance and disparagement, and did a little impede their work; and this, as I remember, did happen, according to the distance of Saturn from the square of Jupiter.

The next Experiment that I shall present you with, is of the Defiance Frigat, Lanched at Deptford Mercury March 28. 3 h. 34 min. p.m. 1666. and was burnt December the 8th, 1668. she being not full three years old, and then lying in Harbour, took fire by accident: The Figure followeth.

Whosoever shall examine this Figure, will have no cause to admire that this Ship had no longer a Being in the world; for here is Mercury who is Lord of the Horoscope, is Combust in the eighth House, in Aries a violent Sign, and Mars who is in the Horoscope, is in square to the Moon in the ninth, and she according to her Longitude is near violent Fixed Stars; he is also in opposition to Jupiter in the seventh, he being Lord of the seventh and fourth Houses; Saturn also is in square to the Sun in the eighth House, and the Sun is afflicted by the presence of Venus, who hath Dignities in the eighth House also.

Hence should we examine this Figure by the Method and Rules of Nativities, there was no probability of its long duration, because the Lord of the eighth is a Malevolent, and in the Ascendant, and the Sun who is giver of Life, is in the eighth afflicted by Saturn, who is Lord of the sixth; and indeed all the Significators are afflicted either in the eighth, or by the Lord of the eighth; the effect of which agrees to that Rule before given, fol. 82. which you see, is the same in effect here, as in the Nativity of a Child, they both being doom’d to the fate of Oblivion, and that in their Infancy too; and thus you see what the Sun in the eighth in a fiery Sign, and Mercury Lord of the Ascendant Combust there also, and the Moon in square to Mars in the Horoscope, can do in a Ship’s Nativity; but if we may examine what Directions were the cause of this Accident, it may have some power to prevail with those, who are willing to discern and separate truth from falshood; therefore if we should allow
but a mistake of 15 minutes in time, and make the Horoscope 18 degrees, odd minutes, the Ascendant at this time came by Direction to the body of Mars, C.L. and the Sun to the square of Saturn, in the eighth in Aries, a Sign which Saturn hates,- Thus,

A.Ob. Mars C.L. 166 19 Def.Ob.sq. Saturn 206 28
A.Obl.Ascend. 163 40 Defc.Ob. Sun 203 45
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Arc Direc. 2 39 Arc Direc. 2 43

Chap V.

Of Particular Elections.

In such things as belong to particular Elections and Persons, let this Rule be diligently observed, that the Election may be effectual for the purpose designed, and to this end, you must observe the Figure of the Nativity; for indeed these Elections of themselves without regard to the Nativity, are fruitless and Ineffectual; For example, if a man would elect a time to take Physick, the usual time is when the Moon is in Cancer, or Pisces; but if Saturn or Mars were there, or opposite to it, in that man’s Nativity, instead of his Physick working kindly, perhaps it may kill him, or what is least, do great prejudice to his health.- So if a man would make an Election for Marriage, and place Venus very well in her Dignities, and in Moon in good Aspect of Jupiter;
yet if they were unfortunate places in the Radix where Jupiter and Venus are placed, the Election would be without effect,- again, he will not only err in not placing his Stars in good places of the Heavens; but also in expecting a good effect from a good Election, when perhaps the Nativity threatens him with the contrary (as perhaps in Marriage with a bad Wife) and also in expecting those things he desires, before Nature is ripe to produce them; for he or she who hath Saturn in the seventh, or in ill Aspect of the Moon or Venus, and two of the Significators in barren Signs, especially the Moon and Venus, that Man very rarely Marries before thirty; which if he doth, he must have some extraordinary Marrying Directions to perform it; and so in Health, Sickness, Honour, &c. the Directions must be considered; for if the decreed time is not come, it will profit nothing to make a happy Election, and indeed these things ought to be considered as the foundation and ground of Elections.

And so I come to speak in particular to every distinct part, each of which I shall distinguish by a Section.

Sect. 1. Of Blood-letting.

This is fit to be considered by all that are obliged to use Phlebotomy; in which let these Rules be considered.

First, The Age and Complexion of the person, the Weather, time of year, &c. unless you are compelled to let Blood; for in such cases, the wise and Judicious Physicians have more respect for necessity than for Elections; because delays are dangerous.

Secondly, The Configuration of the Sun and Moon, the Moon increasing in Light is most convenient for young Men; but for old Men, or such as are well grown in years, it is best to have the Moon decreasing.

Thirdly, The Sign the Moon possesseth, and what Rays she casteth to the good or the evil Stars; and also let no Artist use any Instrument upon Man’s Body for Incision, the Moon being in the Sign governing the Part which is to be Cut, Lanced, or opened; for the Moon affords that Member a greater quantity of Humours, and what danger any Member is in, when a current of Humours runs to it being distempered, every Chyrurgeon knows; what Signs govern the Parts of the Body, hath been already shewed.

Fourthly, Let the Moon be free from Impediment by the Malignant Stars, and let her be in good Aspect with Jupiter and Venus, for this doth much profit, yea, without the Nativity; but if the Nativity may be had, let not the Moon be upon the Radical places of Saturn or Mars, neither let either of those be in the Horoscope, neither let the Horoscope be in the Sign of the sixth, eighth, or twelfth in the Radix, nor where Saturn, Mars, or South Node was, and if possible, not any Sign upon which they spread their Malignant Rays.

Lastly, Let the Lord of the Ascendant at the time of Blood-letting, be in the fourth with the Moon, or Configurated with the Lord of the eighth House; let the Malevolents
fall from Angles, and let not the seventh House be unfortunate; for that signifies the Chyrurgeon.

Sect. 2. Of Pills, Potions, &c. and other Physick.

First, Let the general times be considered, when it is most convenient to take Physick; for in Spring time our Bodies are more easily Purged, than in Summer or Winter: Again, Purgations are more Nauseous and Dangerous in the Canicular days, as Riverius, and others have sufficiently proved; and so they are in other very hot or cold days.

Secondly, Let the Moon be in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces, these being most fit to Purge Malignant Phlegmatick Humours; but to Purge Melancholy, let the Moon be in Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius; to Purge Choller, place the Moon in Virgo, and some say Taurus; but I think that is more fit for Vomiting; some there are who Purge all Humours, the Moon, in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces.- Thus,

  • The Moon in Cancer, Jupiter Purge Melancholy.
  • Scorpio or Pisces, Venus Purge Choler.
  • in sextile or trine to Sun Mars Purge Phlegm.

Yet I cannot be of the Opinion that the Moon in conjunction with Jupiter, is fit to Purge any Humour, the Physick being at that time almost dignified into Aliment, and doth not work like Physick, especially in carrying off Humours.

Then let the Configurations of the other Planets with the Moon be considered; for the Moon in ill Aspect of Saturn or Mars, gives Physick and evil Consequence, Moon in good Aspect with the Sun and Venus, doth further the kindly working of Physick. If you are to take or give a Vomit, let it be when the Moon is in a ruminating Sign, and such are Aries, taurus, Leo, Capricorn; but if it be a Purge, let the Moon be in any where else; but there, the former Rule’s considered; Likewise, for Purging, let the Moon be joyned to a Planet under the earth; for by that means the humours will pass the easier downwards, and the Stomach be less subject to Vomit.

Sect. 3. Elections for Bathing.

Baths are used either to Mundisie the Body from uncleanness, or to restore decayed health and strength; such as belong to the former are good when Phlebotomy is so; namely, when the Moon is in Libra or Pisces, in conjunction or friendly Aspect with Venus- Such as respect the latter, vary according to the Disease; for if it require hummectation, as in a Consumptive persons, let the Moon be in watery Signs, in good Aspect with Jupiter or Venus; but if the Disease require to be dryed, as in the Palsey, let the Moon be in Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, in good Aspect with the Sun or Mars.

Sect. 4. Elections for Cutting of Hair.

Cut Hair to grow apace, the Moon being in Taurus, Cancer, Libra, or Pisces, in good Aspect of Jupiter or Venus, or both, she increasing in Light; this being constantly observed, the effect is not to be doubted, on the contrary, the Moon being in the opposite Signs decreasing in Light, in ill Aspect to Saturn, make it grow slowly; and if the Moon should be in Aries, it threatens baldness.

Sect. 5. Elections for Marriage.

In the Marriages of Men, let the Moon and Venus be strong and fortunate in good places of the Figure, and in good Aspect of Jupiter, and he strong and in Reception with one or both, and all in friendly Aspect to the Lord of the Ascendant; let the seventh House and the Moon, as also the Horoscope be free and in such Signs as favour Marriage, as Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces; but as I said before it is most necessary, that both the espoused persons have good Significators of Marriage in their Nativities; for so your Election shall be more effectual; but in the Marriages of Women, you must depute the Sun and Mars, as before you did the Moon and Venus.

Sect. 6. Elections for entring upon any Office or Dignity.

First, Let the Luminaries be in their Dignities, or at least not afflicted of the Malevolents.

Secondly, Let the Fortunes (especially Jupiter) be in the Horoscope, and let the Sun be in the M.C.

Thirdly, Let the seventh and second be strong and fortunate; for the one signifies Money, and the other signifies Councellors, and Councel to assist in publick affairs; for if in these Houses the unfortunate Stars are placed, it shews much damage and hurt in those things, and so much the more if the Benefick Stars do not cast their good Rays thither. But in taking upon you Martial Dignities and Offices, it is necessary that Mars be will placed,- But in these things the Nativities are solely to be inquired of.

Sect. 7. Elections for those going Journeys and Embassies, &c.

These Elections cannot well be made without the Figure of the Nativity of Revolution; wherefore, in the beginnings of Journeys, Elect that day and hour in which the Moon and Horoscope do agree with the Figure of the Nativity or Revolution for that year, let the eleventh and third Houses with their Lords be fortunate, watery Signs are best for Navigations; but fixed Signs for Inland Journeys; likewise the kind of business must be considered; for if you go to the King, let the tenth House of your Nativity ascend, let the Planets that govern those persons you carry an Embassy, or go about Business to, be strong in good Aspect with the Lord of the Ascendant; let the Moon which is a general Significator of Journeys, be fortunate and free from Impediment, and in good Aspect of the fortunate Stars, and let not the Malevolents be in Angles. Lastly, as the eighth House shews what shall happen to the Traveller when he is come to his appointed place, and the seventh what shall happen to him at his coming from thence, and the second the event of things at his return home (according to Ptolemy) so these Houses and their Lords must be fortunately placed; so that no evil success may ensure of the Journey.

Sect. 8. Elections for Navigations.

Haly adviseth to observe five Radixes, the three chiefest are these; first, the time when the Ship was begun to be Built; the second, the time when She was Lanched; and the last, the time when she sets Sail; which because the two former are not commonly to be gotten, we must make use of the last.- Therefore let no Ship set Sail in the hour of Saturn or Mars, neither let them be in the third or the ninth, or in square to a Planet in the ninth, let the fortunes be in the Angles or ninth House, and let not the Sun or Moon be afflicted of Saturn, for that shews Imprisonment, not of Mars for he then shews, Murther, Slaughter, Pirates, &c. not of the South Node, for that shews downright Cheating; understand the same of the Lord of the Horoscope, let not Saturn be in the Ascendant, not a fiery Sign ascend, for then there is a watery Sign upon the eighth House; let them begin to Sail in Hora Jovis vel Veneris, and let the Moon be in good Aspect of them also.

John Partridge: On Elections – First Section (1679)

This material is excerpted from pages 235-248 of Partridge’s work:

Partridge, John. 1679. Mikropanastron, or an Astrological Vade Mecum, briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology – viz., Questions, Nativities, with all its parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections never so comprised nor compiled before, &c. William Bromwich: London.


Chap. I.

Of Elections, and first what an Election is.

Elections, as they are understood by the Ancient Astrologers, were a certain Observation of days and hours, which by reason of every Man’s Nativity (if it may or can be known) and by reason of the motion of the Heavens, &c. Times are either lucky or unlucky, according as they agree or disagree, with the Nativity of the Person who desires and Election to be; and they are called Elections from … Electio, a chusing or picking out, &c. and of Elections there are two kinds.

First, Universal.
Secondly, Particular.

I call those Universal Elections in the handling of which, a particular Nativity is not concerned, nor required; as in the Foundation of Buildings, the Launching of Ships, the Felling of Timber, or Tilling of Land.- And I call those Particular, which have Relation to any one Man’s Nativity, whom an Election may concern; as followeth,-

  • Letting of Blood,
  • Taking of Physick,
  • The undertaking of any Chyrurgical Care,
  • Going into Baths,
  • Cutting off Hair, &c.
  • Marriages,
  • Entring upon any Office or Dignity,
  • Beginning of Journeys or Embassies,
  • Beginning of Sea Voyages,
  • Sealing of Deeds.

For these kind of actions and undertakings, may Elections be made, seeing that they are Natural, and managed and performed by the course of Nature, and second causes; and therefore may be either furthered or hindered by the Position of Consideration of the Stars,- Origanus.

And the time to be observed in Elections, is twofold; first, in some it is sufficient to chuse the day only, in which the Moon is joyned to a Planet, who hath Rule of such business, for which the Election is made, or in which the Ruler of the Business being placed in his Dignities, doth come to a fortunate Aspect of the Benevolent Stars.

But in other Elections, it is not sufficient to know the day only; but also the hour is to be observed, and the Coelestial Figure must be so set, that the proper Significators may be fortunately placed in Angles.-
And first,

Chap. II.

Of Universal Elections

First, in all Elections, let the Angles be well fortified, and the Significators well placed in their Dignities, and let the Moon be as strong and fortunate as may be, and she and the Lord of the Horoscope in a good Aspect, and both beholding the Ascendant with amicable Rays; and to this purpose, Haly fol. 303. tells us, that the Moon may be unfortunate ten several ways; First, when she is Combust. Secondly, when she is in three Degrees of Scorpio, her fall. Thirdly, when she is in Opposition to the Sun. Fourthly, when she is corporally joyned to the Infortunes, or in square or opposition to them. Fifthly, when she is within 12 degrees of the head or Tail of the Dragon, she being then within the Limits of Eclipses. Sixthly, when she is in the last degrees of the Signs. Seventhly, when she is Cadent from Angles, or in the via Combusta; that is, the the last half of Libra, and the first half of Scorpio, and this, saith he, is the worst of all Impediments, especially in Marriages, and all matters of Women, in buying and selling, and in Journeys. Eighthly, when she is contrary to her House, or doth not behold her House when a good Aspect. Ninthly, when she is slow in motion, which Astrologers call the motion of Saturn; that is, when she moves, 12 degrees or less in 24 hours. And the tenth is that which is called Void of course.

Also let the Significator of the thing be strong and fortunate, but above all, the Ascendant is the chief; let that be fortunated with the presence or good Rays of the Lights or fortunate Stars, especially if it be a thing designed for duration; as Cities, Houses, Ships, &c. in which cases, let not Saturn or Mars behold the Sun, Moon, or Ascendant; but in Sowing and Tilling of Land; the Moon in good Aspect of Saturn, and he strong, is a Position befitting such an undertaking; because Saturn is the Patron of Husbandry, and other such like things and persons as shall be hereafter spoken of in their proper places; so that the things I design to bring under this Judgment of Universal Elections, are these following:

Of{ Sowing and Planting.
Felling or Cutting of Wood.
Hunting, Fishing, and Fowling.
Taking Possession of Inheritances.
Changing of Dwelling Places.
Building of Houses, &c.
Horse Races.

In the Consideration of these Particulars, take this Observation, that in Planting, Sowing, Grafting, Cutting and Felling of Wood; besides the Figure and face of Heaven, you must consider the Universal times, the nature of the Ground, the quality of the Seed, the disposition of the Graft &c. afterwards consider these things in this order following; which for distinction sake I will divide into Sections.

Sect. I. Of Sowing and Planting.

Times sitting for Planting and Sowing, are taken from the motion of the Moon; which if she be in Aries, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, or Capricorn (saith Leovitius) she is in places fit for Sowing, provided she is not unfortunated there; but if she is placed in Aries or Taurus, she is then fit for Planting only; also, if the Ground be moist which is to be Sowed, or the Seed be of a moist Nature, then it is fittest to Sow that Seed in the decrease of the Moon; but for dry ground, and dry hot Seed, it is best to Sow it in the increase of the Moon near the Full; and here it may be remembred, and hence observed, if you please, that Peas and Beans set of Sowed upon a new Moon, and she in good Aspect of Jupiter or Venus, from aery or watery Signs, they never leave blooming till they begin to wither.

But seeing that Saturn hath a natural Signification of Husbandry, Planting, Sowing, &c. it is very necessary to let the Moon be in a good aspect of Saturn, and he well placed in the Figure, and let Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Aquarius, or Capricorn, be in the Ascendant, and Mars weak and in no Aspect either to the Moon or Horoscope.

Sect. 2. Of Cutting or Felling of Wood

The common times for Felling of Timber is known to all, and therefore I shall omit that; but to fell Wood that it may wax dry and massy and be durable a long time, let the Moon be decreasing between the Full and the last Quarter, and let her be in a good Aspect with Saturn, and it possible, let him be strong and fortunate; for upon this depends its duration.

Sect. 3. Of Hunting.

For this Pastime let the Moon be in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius in good Aspect of Mars, let a Moveable Sign ascend, and place the Moon in the tenth House in good Aspect of Jupiter, or Venus, let Mars be in the seventh, and Saturn falling from an Angle no ways beholding the Ascendant;- but if you desire to hunt Savage Beasts as Wolfs, Bears, &c. let not Mars be in an Angle, and the Moon out of the sixth House, free from all Impediments of the Malignant Stars, neither let a Quadrupedian Sign be in the Ascendant; and Haly gives this reason for it; for then the Hunters shall be killed, or be in danger by the Beast they pursue.

Sect. 4. Of Fishing.

Fishing is the most convenient when the Moon is in Cancer or Pisces, in the tenth House, in sextile or trine to Venus in the seventh, the Moon applying and not separating; Let not the Moon be unfortunated by Saturn or Mars, neither let them be in the Angles of the Figure, especially the first and seventh.

Sect. 5. Of Fowling.

Fowling is most pleasant and successful, when the Moon is in some of the aery Signs, as Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, applying to Mercury, and he and the Moon in Reception, and both fortunately placed in the Figure, to which you may add Venus, if it be possible, this makes the Fowler successful in his Pastime; but if the Moon be unfortunate of Saturn or Mars, he shall Catch nothing that he desires.

Sect. 6. Of entring upon Possessions.

In the Performing of which, let the Moon be in her greatest Dignities, in good Aspect with Jupiter, and no ways impeded by the Malevolent Stars; let a Fixed Sign ascend, and both the Cusp of the House and his Lord be befriended by the good Rays of the Fortunes, let not Saturn or Mars be in the seventh, and let the Lord of the Ascendant be in good Aspect
with the Lord of the seventh, and if possible with Reception also; likewise let the Luminaries also cast their friendly Rays to the Cusps of the first and seventh Houses; neither let the Dragon’s Tail afflict any of the aforesaid Houses or Significators.

Sect. 7. Of Removing from Place to Place.

The changing of Houses, Habituations, Lodgings, &c. is best done when the Moon is in a fixed Sign increasing in Light, and she in good Aspect with the fortunate Stars in the fourth House or Ascendant, the Lord of the second strong and above the Earth.- Lastly, the Foundations of Houses and Horse-Races are too large for Sections, and I shall therefore afford each of them a Chapter by themselves.- And first,

Chap. III.

Of Horse or Foot-Races, &c.

Astrologically, and Experimentally handled from a worthy Friend and an Excellent Artist.

This Subject is to be considered two manner of ways: First, By way of Election. Secondly, By Interrogation, or Question.

In Elections of this kind,

You are to observe this general Rule, i.e., to put a Sign of the Superiour Planets upon the Horoscope, and let the Lord thereof and the Moon be swift in Motion, and in good Aspect of each other from good Houses of Heaven. Secondly, you must carefully debilitate the Lord of the seventh, as much as may be. 3. Let the Lord of the Hour, and Lord of the eleventh be the same, or else of the same Triplicity. 4. Let the Dispositor of the Moon and the Planet to whom she applies be in their Dignities, or in good places of the Figure. 5. Let Stars of a Benevolent and Commanding Nature be upon the Angles of your Figure, according to Ptolemy, Aph. 28. 6. For Foot-Races, let a humane Sign Ascend, or the Moon be in one. 7. For Horse-Races, let a Quadrupedian, or Bestial Sign ascend, chiefly Sagittarius. 8. Let the Mid-heaven and Horoscope by fortunate, and the Lord of the eleventh House assisted also, and a Benevolent Planet Lord of the hour; for these are assured Arguments of Victory. 9. Let the Moon in Sagittarius or Libra, in good Aspect of Mars, Sol, Jupiter, or Venus; and the framer of the Election wins the Race. 10. The Moon increasing, and the Planet assisting being in his first or second Station, and in a Sign agreeable to his own Nature, is always good. 11. The Lord of the seventh strong, and better fortified than the Lord of the Ascendant, brings damage to the design. 12. The Moon slow in motion, and afflicted of Saturn or Mars, or in an ill part of Heaven, or in Azimen or pitted degrees of a Sign, especially in fixed Signs; is very prejudicial. 13. The Lord of the Ascendant or twelfth Retrograde, or otherwise afflicted of Saturn or Mars, the Rider and Horse both come to damage and hurt. 14. Let neither the Moon or Lord of the Horoscope be Combust, Retrograde, in Fall, Detriment, or in Cadent parts of the Figure; for all these are very ill accidents to the Election. 15. Let the Lord of the twelfth in Horse-Races be more powerful and strong than the Lord of the sixth, which signifies the Horse which is to run against him, according to the aforesaid Rules. 16. In Foot-Races look to the Lord of the eleventh House, and weaken the Lord of the fifth House; for that is the hopes of him you wager against. 17. In Foot-Races make Mercury your Friend, as much as may be, i.e., by making him Lord of the eleventh, or placing
him there, or else in the Horoscope or tenth House, in good Aspect of the Moon, or Lord of the Ascendant. 18. In Horse-Races make Jupiter your Friend, and place him as you were taught of Mercury before. 19. When the Planets cannot be found in such a posture as to serve you, according to any of the aforesaid Rules, make use of Fixed Stars of their Nature for your purpose, still fortifying the Moon. 20. To avoid Treachery, let not the Moon in your Election be in any ill Aspect of Saturn, Mars, or Mercury, or they in any ill Aspect one to another, or the South Node in the Ascendant or with the Moon; neither let Mars, Mercury, Sun, or Saturn, govern the hour in which the Race is begun.

And thus much for Elections of this kind.

Of Questions belonging to the same.

In Questions, you have this difference from Elections; for in your Elections you exercise the freedom of your will, and if you take good heed to your Rules, you appoint the Issue of the Race as you would have it;- But in Questions you have no such liberty, the business being appointed before, and you by them desire to be informed of the issue, whether good or evil, loss or gain, by the thing Interrogated.

For the clear understanding of which, you are first to observe whether the Figure be Radical, and fit to be judged or not; and it is then said to be Radical when the Lord of the Ascendant, and the Lord of the hour are the same, or of the same Triplicity, or if the Ascendant and his Lord do well personate the Querent, and that the Horoscope is between the fifth and twenty-fifth degree of any Sign, or when the is not afflicted; for when the is afflicted, the Artist doth naturally commit Errors according to the fourteenth Aphorism of Ptolemy, Quot quantifa, Astrologus implicatur erroribus, cum Septima domus && ejus Dominus Impediuntur; because the seventh House doth signifie the Artist. 2. Observe the Significator of the Horse (which is the Lord of the twelfth always) the Lord of the Ascendant and the Moon; for if they are free from Impediment, and in good places of the Figure swift in motion, Oriental, or in their Essential Dignities, these betoken the Querent shall win. 3. If the Lord of the seventh be in the Ascendant, or the Lord of the eighth in the second; the Querent will gain by the Race. 4. If the Moon be in the tenth, eleventh, or second in good Aspect of the Lord of the Ascendant, it is good, chiefly if she is near eminent Fixed Stars. 5. If the Lord of the Ascendant is Superiour to the Lord of the seventh, and the Lord of the twelfth Superiour to the Lord of the sixth, and neither Retrograde nor Cadent, the Querent wins. 6. If the Moon transfers the Light of the Lord of the seventh to the Lord of the eleventh or Ascendant, or to the Lord of the hour, with other Testimonies; this is very good. 7. The Lord of the twelfth, and the Moon in light and Masculine degrees, near Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, or Mars; the Querent’s Horse, or the Horse he lays on, gets a famous Victory.
8. The Lord of the twelfth a Superiour Planet, above the earth, in square or opposition to the Lord of the sixth or seventh, promiseth Victory to the Querent, and threatens great damage to the Quesited, and the beast he ingageth on. 9. The Lord of the Ascendant and twelfth, and the Moon, and the Planet to whom she applies Angular, and the Lord of the sixth and seventh, and the Planet from whom the Moon is separated, is Cadent; shews the Querent shall win. 10. The Significators of the Querent, and the Horse he wagereth on, in commanding Signs, and the Significators of the Quesited in Signs obeying; are arguments of Victory. 11. Many Planets in the seventh House, shew a Confederacy in the Race, and Cautionary to the Querent. 12. The Lord of the Ascendant and Moon, and Lord of the twelfth and second, or their Houses afflicted of Saturn, Mars, or South Node, shews the Querent will certainly by cheated of his Money; especially if the Lord of the seventh be a Superiour, and the Moon give him virtue. 13. Observe the Planet afflicting, who if it be the Lord of the eleventh, a Friend betrays him; if Lord of the third, a Brother or Neighbor; if Lord of the sixth, a Servant, &c. 14. If the sixth and seventh Houses, and their Lord are afflicted; the Querent will certainly lose his Money. 15. An Infortune in the Horoscope with the Moon, and Saturn, Mars, or Sun, Lords of the hour, is very evil for the Querent; and therefor dehort him from going on with his Wager. 16. The Lords of the fifth, sixth, and seventh in good Aspects with the Benevolents and Reception also, and the Lords of the eleventh, twelfth and Ascendant no way befriended, the Querent will (according to natural causes) most certainly lose. 17. The Moon in square or opposition to Mars, Mercury, or Saturn, or in conjunction with Saturn or Mars; it shews much fraud is designed in the Race, and that they do Confederate against the Querent. 18. As you have been taught to judge of the Lord of the Ascendant and twelfth &c. for Horse-Races; so judge of Mercury, and the Lord of the eleventh for foot Races. 19. An afflicted Horoscope or Mid-heaven, commonly corrupts the Question, and renders it successless; but if they are befriended and assisted with Benevolent Rays; the Question hath a prosperous issue.

John Partridge: The Qualities of the Houses (1679)

This material is excerpted from pages 41-47 of Partridge’s work:

Partridge, John. 1679. Mikropanastron, or an Astrological Vade Mecum, briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology – viz., Questions, Nativities, with all its parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections never so comprised nor compiled before, &c. William Bromwich: London.


Chap. VIII

Of the Signification of the Twelve Houses.

The first House containeth all that space from the line where the figure of I standeth, to the line where the second House beginneth (the last rule being remembered) and hath signification of the life of Man, the Stature, Complexion, and shape of the Querent or Native….

In Eclipses and Mundane Revolutions it signifies the common People in general, and the state of the whole Kingdom, and in a Nativity, if Mars be here it infallibly gives a wound in the face; if Saturn or South Node be here, they give always some great deformity. In Horary Questions from this House we give Judgment of things belonging to the Querents Life; and Origanus tells us, fol 428. the Consignificators of this House Aries, and Saturn, this being the first of Houses; Saturn is the first of Planets, and Aries is the first of Signs; Mercury joyeth in this House; and of Colours, the White is attributed to it.

Of Things belonging to the Second House

This House gives Judgment of the Querents Wealth, Poverty, Moveable Goods, Money lent, Profit, Gain, Loss or Damage in all Law-Suits, Quarrels and Contentions; it signifies the Querents Friends and Assistants in Eclipses and Mundane Revolutions; it shews the Ammunition, Allies and Support of the Kingdom; as also its Megazine.

… it governs in Man the Neck; and of Colours, it hath the Green.

Its Consignificators are, Jupiter and Taurus; I Jupiter in this House, strong in a Nativity, makes a Man Rich and Fortunate; but Mars peregrine, or the South Node here, makes him a Beggar.

Of This signified by the third House.

This House affords Judgment concerning Brethren, Sisters, Kindred, Neighbours, small and Inland Journeys, removing from place to place: Rumors of News, Epistles, Letters, Messengers.

It is a Cadent, Masculine House … and Rules in Man the Shoulders, Arms and Hands; its Consignificators are Gemini and Mars; and of Colours, Red and Yellow.

The Signification of the fourth House.

From hence we give Judgment of Fathers in general, and in particular of the Querent or Natives Father; of Lands, Houses, Inheritances, Tillage, hidden Treasure, the end or determination of any thing; Castles, Cities, and Towns, besieged or not besieged, and the Lord of this House doth personate the Governor of the Places aforesaid.

It is the North Angle, called by … the Latines Imum Coeli; it rules in Man the Breast and Lungs, and is Feminine; its Consignificators are Cancer and the Sun; and of Colours, the Red.

The Signification of the fifth House.

And this gives Judgment of the Condition of Women with Child, the Sex of the Infant, of Children in general; Banquets, Taverns, and Merriment; of Ambassadors, Agents, the wealth of the Father; the Ammunition of a Town Besieged, &c. and is called the House of Pleasure and Delight; it is Masculine, Succedent, and rules in Man the Heart and Back, and is called by … the Latines Bona fortuna; and of Colours, it rules Black and White; its Consignificators are Leo and Venus.

Of the Signification of the sixth House.

The Judgment belonging to this House takes notice of Sickness and Diseases, its Nature and quality, Cureable or not Curable, all Servants of what quality soever; all kind of small Cattle, as Sheep, Goat, Cony, &c. Uncles and Aunts, or the Fathers Brothers and Sisters, Shepherd, Hoghead, Warriners, c.

It is a Feminine, Cadent House, unfortunate as having no Aspect to the Ascendant; and it is therefore called … by the Latines mala fortuna; it rules in man the Belly; its Consignificators are Virgo and Mercury; and of Colours, Black.

Of things belonging to the seventh House.

This House judgeth Marriage, and all matters of Love, all Quarrels, Law-Suits, Duels; in Astrology and Physick, it signifies the Artist himself; Thieves, Thefts, whether Man or Woman, public Enemies; in Eclipses and Mundane Revolutions, of War and Peace, which may happen, and if War who overcomes; all Fugatives and Runaways.

It is a Masculine Angle, and rules in Man the Reins [small of the back] down to the Hips, and … its Consignificators are Libra and Moon; and of Colours, Black.

Of Matters belonging to the eighth House.

From this House is required Judgment of Death and the Estate of dead Men, the Portion of the Wife or Sweet-heart, in Duels it shews the Adversaries Second; as also Wills and Legacies, in figura Mundi; it gives Judgment of the Enemies Assistants, their Allies and Confederates; it shews fear and sorrows, and is called the House of Sorrow; it is a feminine, Succedent House…; its Consignificators are Scorpio and Saturn, and rules in Man the Privy Parts; and of Colours, Green and Black.

the Signification of the ninth House.

Hence is Judgment required concerning Bishops and all Clergymen in general, Church-Livings and Benefices, of Voyages, long Journeys beyond Sea, Dreams, the Kindred of the Wife; it is a Masculine, Cadent House,…; its Consignificators are Sagittarius and Jupiter, and it rules in Man the Thighs and Hips; and of Colours, Green and White; if Saturn or Mars are unfortunately placed in this House, they either make a Man an Atheist, or one of a very depraved Faith.

Of things signified by the tenth House

This House takes notice of all Sovereign Kingship and Dignity, with Dukes,
earls, Judges, Commanders in Chief, in Armies or elsewhere; the Profession or Trade any one useth; as also Honour and Preferement, the Mother of the Native or Querent, Kingdoms, Empires, &c.

It is Feminine and Angular, called by the … Latines Medium Coeli, Cor Coeli & Domus & Cuspis Regalis; its Consignificators are Capricorn and Mars, and it rules in Man the Knees and Hams; and of Colours, Red and White.

Saturn and Mars Peregrine, or the South Node in this House without some other good assistance of the Benefick Stars, doth usually prove fatal to all kinds of Persons, who have such a Nativity.

Of Things belonging to the eleventh House.

From this House we require Judgment of Friendship, Friends, their quality and Condition, the Querent or Natives hopes; it also signifies the Assistance of Princes, both in Money and Allies; it signifies the Exchequer, the Kings Council, Ammunition, and Souldiers.

Its Consignificators are Aquarius and Sun, it is a Masculine, Succedent House, and is called by the Latines Bonus genius, it rules in Man the Legs; and of Colours, Yellow.

The Properties of the twelfth House.

This is the House of Sorrow, and represents our private Enemies, all great Cattle, Sorrow, Imprisonment, Affliction; and it is called by … the Latines Malus genius.

It is a Feminine, Cadent House, whose Consignificators are Pisces and Venus, it rules in Man the Feet; and of Colours, the Green.

Alfred John Pearce: Chapter III on Electional: The Text-book of Astrology (1889)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

Pearce’s description of the last six houses does not present as many departures as his first six. The use of a time for the marriage as being when the wedding ring is put on seems a bit strange, but perhaps there have been some changes in custom. the use of the signs of Mercury and Jupiter for the Moon is kind of interesting in [business] partnerships. This does make some sense to me, because this would keep the Moon out of the more passionate signs, which would probably tend to keep the partnership less emotionally based.

I do have to admit to some doubt about electing a time to take possession of an inheritance, just as a practical matter! This is probably next to impossible to do unless there is only one heir, and, having been there myself, I can testify to doubt about the brain of the heir working electionally at what is likely to be the actual moment. One may observe that there isn’t the slightest hint of anything sexual in Pearce’s 8th house: this is not Vistorian prudery, but the simply fact that the 8th hadn’t yet been linked to sex. Sex, if was going to be mentioned, would have been mentioned in the 5th. It wasn’t.

This material is excerpted from pages 431-435 of Pearce’s work:

Pearce, Alfred John. 1889. The Text-book of Astrology. London


ELECTIONS

CHAPTER III

Elections relating to the last six houses.

“A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.” —–Solomon.

The Seventh House relates to marriage, partnership, war, lawsuits, etc. The ancients hand down to posterity precepts concerning all these important affairs.

In electing a propitious moment for the putting on of the wedding ring, see that the Moon is increasing in light and motion, and free from affliction. Let not the moon be in conjunction with an infortune in the ascendant, for this would presignify strife and discord. Neither let the Moon be in conjunction with an infortune in the ascendant of the nativity of either bride or bridegroom.

If possible, celebrate the marriage before the Moon shall pass her first quarter.

Know that it is a favourable time for marriage when the ascendant is assisted by the presence or benevolent configurations of the fortunes; and unfavourable when the ascendant and the descendant are afflicted.

Be sure to place the Moon, the ascendant and its lord, at the time of making the partnership or agreement, in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces. If the affair is to be a public company, let the Moon be in Leo in conjunction or benefit aspect with Jupiter, and well configurated with the Sun.

Let the Moon be increasing in light and motion; let the ruler of the 10th house, or a fortune in the 10th house, be in good aspect with the Moon or ruler of the ascendant; and let the rulers of the ascendant and seventh house be in mutual benefic aspect.

3.—–Of Declaring War, Commencing Lawsuits, etc.––The ascendant is for the attacking party, and the 7th house for the adversary.

Let, therefore, the ascendant be fortunate, and let the ascending sign be one of those under the dominion of Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn; Scorpio is best, and Aries next best, for this purpose, because they are martial signs. Let the lord of the ascendant dispose of the lord of the 7th house, if possible, or otherwise, more essentially and accidentally dignified; and let the lord of the ascendant be in sextile or trine with Mars and with the ascending degree or that culminating. Have a care that the lord of the ascendant be not in the 7th, 4th, 8th, 6th, or 3rd house, and neither retrograde, debilitated, nor afflicted.

In lawsuits, have regard to the horoscopes, if procurable, of the disputants; and judge that he who hath Mars most essentially fortified in his nativity will overcome, especially if he was born at night.

Begin no quarrel, war, or controversy, neither invade the enemy’s country when the Moon is in Virgo nor Capricornus; but when the Moon is assisted by the fortunes and by Mars, and when Mars is in the eastern part of the heavens. If possible let Mars be between the 10th degree of Taurus and the 10th degree of Leo, or between the 10th degree of Scorpio and that of Aquarius. But if the enemy be to the west of thy country, begin the invasion when Mars is in the western part of the heavens, and between the 10th degree of Leo and that of Scorpio, or between the 10th degree of Aquarius and that of Taurus.

Begin no invasion when the Moon is combust, or within twelve hours after her conjunction with the Sun. If any war be begun in these combust hours, the beginner will be defeated, or much evil will befall his person and his soldiers and assistants, especially if he begin the war in one of the first four combust hours.

It is a remarkable fact that the battle of Isandhlwana was fought during an eclipse of the Sun, visible in Zululand—–viz., on the 22nd of January, 1879, at 1h 5m p.m. (Cape Mean Time). Now, the native accounts of that disastrous battle stated that the Zulus did not intend to deliver their onset until the night of the 22nd or dawn of the 23rd, because “the moon was unfavourable.” The Zulus, it is thus demonstrated, understood astrology, and valued its precepts, and therefore would not attack during the combust hours of the Moon. By dawn of the 23rd, more than twelve hours would have elapsed since the time of new Moon. Unfortunately for the British, Colonel Durnford’s Basutos discovered and fired on a Zulu regiment; and thus began the battle which ended so disastrously for our soldiers, the British force being annihilated. The map of the heavens for this eclipse is goven in “The Science of the Stars,” chap. v.

Elections Relating to the Eighth House.

The Eighth House of the heavens relates to the making of wills and to inheritance. One might think that no election would be required for making wills, but the ancients considered that there is a time for this purpose; that is to say, when a will is made by a person in health,, and not left to dying moments.

1.—–Of Making Wills.—–“When thou makest thy will let not the Moon be in a movable sign nor in the ascendant, but let her be in a fixed sign, and a fixed sign rising, and if possible the lord of the ascendant in a fixed sign. If the Moon be in conjunction with Mars rising, at the time of making a will, there is danger of it being stolen, lost or destroyed.

Let the Moon be in benefic aspect with Saturn, if thou desirest that the will shall not be revoked.”

2.—–Of Inheritance.—–In entering upon possession of inheritance, fortify the eighth house; if possible, let one of the signs of Jupiter or Venus be on the cusp thereof, and make the second house and its lord strong and free from all manner of impediment, and in good aspect with the fortunes. Fortify also the Moon, and let her behold the degree on the cusp of the eighth house or planet therein; and let there be reception between the lords of the second and eighth houses. If possible, let the lord of the ascendant be in the second house, and the lord of the second in the eighth house.

Elections Relating to the Ninth House.

The Ninth House of the Heavens relates to embarking on foreign travel; to learning, science, art, etc.

1.—–Of Foreign Travel—–Fortify the 9th house at the time of setting forth, also the lord thereof, the Moon, and the ascendant. Let one or both of the fortunes be in the ninth house, if possible. Let not an infortune be in the eighth house at the moment of departure, nor in the second at the moment or embarking on the return journey.

As the descendant relates to the place to which the journey is to be made, fortify the seventh house at thy departure, and let no evil planet be in either this or the tenth house. In returning let no evil planet be in either the ascendant or fourth house.

If possible, let the Moon be increasing in light and motion at the time of beginning thy journey, also let her be free from impediment and receive some support from the fortunes. Let Mercury be free from combustion and affliction, and in a good house. Let not the Moon be in the place of Saturn, Mars or Uranus at birth.

If the Moon, or Saturn, or both, be in the ascendant or seventh house, or Saturn in the first and the Moon in the seventh house, there will be danger or loss attending the journey then begun.

2.—–Of Building and Launching Ships, and Voyages by Sea.—–In building ships for war or swift sailing, fortify the ascendant and its lord, the Moon and her dispositor; place the lord of the ascendant and Moon in either the first, eleventh, or ninth house; and let the sign ascending be fixed. If possible, let all the angles be fixed, and in any case be sure to have the Moon and lord of the ascendant swift in motion.

Let the planet from which the Moon last separated be strong and well disposed, also swift in motion. Place the Moon’s dispositor in a watery sign, free from impediment or affliction. Place one of the fortunes in either the first, tenth, or seventh house. Let the lord of the seventh house be weak and slow in motion.

In building merchant and passenger ships, in addition to following the foregoing instructions, see that Mercury be fortified and assisted by Venus or Jupiter, and in the tenth house. Fortify also the second house.

Let the Moon be in Taurus, Gemini, or the beginning of Cancer, Virgo, or Sagittarius, or one of the last degrees of Capricornus. It is good to have the Moon or the ascendant in Pisces.

Let the Sun be in trine aspect with Jupiter, and attended by Venus. Let not Mars be in any aspect with the Moon or ascending degree, for this is apt to cause casualties by fire. Let not the Moon be in Aquarius and in aspect with the Sun and Mars, for danger of shipwreck will ensue. Let not the Moon be afflicted by Mars from signs of human form, or pirates may probably sink the ship and kill the crew and passengers.

In launching ships, and in setting forth on a sea voyage, see that the Moon be strong essentially and accidentally, assisted by Venus or Jupiter, and free from affliction; as likewise the ascendant.

Elections Relating to the Tenth House.

The Tenth House relates to profession, trade, employment, etc. Ramesey says that he believes the ancients placed occupation under the dominion of the tenth house of the heavens, “because it is the highest dignity such can look for that are bound thereunto.”

“Wherefore in this matter thou art to distinguish the planet ruling the profession, trade, or mystery thou wouldst learn; then let the ascendant or tenth house be a sign wherein such planet hath dominion by house; as, for example, if thou desirest to be a merchant, place Gemini or Virgo in the ascendant or tenth house, or else Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

“Fortify the lord of the ascendant, that of the tenth house, the Moon, and Mercury.

The Western nations do not now-a-days consult astrologers before appointing a Prime Minister or a President; neither do European monarchs elect a fortunate hour for their coronation. The ancients, however, gave rules for these proceedings, and laid stress on the necessity for not making such appointments and ceremonies within fifteen days of an unfortunate new Moon. In the East the precepts of the ancients are still followed.

Elections Relating to the Twelfth House.

The Twelfth House relates to prisoners, captives, and horses. The ancients wrote precepts as to electing suitable moments for relating to prisoners need not be reproduced in this work, for no Government and no governor of a prison would pay any regard to them, among Western nations, at the present day. In regard to horses, rules have already been given in the seventh chapter, as to purchasing them. Trainers of race-horses would hardly be likely to await a favourable moment for sending a race-horse to a race meeting at which he was engaged to run. The following is the injunction handed down by Ramesey in this connection—–

“Let Sagittarius ascend, or contain the Moon, if possible, at the time of the race-horse setting forth on his journey to the race meeting; otherwise let the Moon or ascendant be in the first half of Libra.”

“Fortify the ascendant, its lord, the Moon and her dispositor and the planet with which either may be joined.”