Here is more information on the History of Astrology in the Renaissance. T he focus of traditional astrology was on outer events, rather than psychology a science that did not come into existence until the 20th century. By using a myriad of techniques, traditional astrology was able to provide precise, accurate prediction of concrete events.
Here is an example of the accuracy and precision possible with traditional astrology, the Disappearance of Chandra Levy. F rom to astrology was practiced seriously by only a few isolated practitioners and much of the nuance and technique was lost. By with the renewed interest in the esoteric sciences reflected by such groups as the Theosophists and the magical order of the Golden Dawn, astrology came to be studied again.
I n its newest incarnation, however, astrology came to be seen as a method of character analysis and psychological insight. The stars and planets provided a map of the psyche which proved very useful for self insight and counseling. Prediction, the raison d'etre of traditional astrology, was dismissed as either impossible, due to the considerable loss of technique or unethical. M odern psychological astrology introduced the use of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, asteroids, additional types of aspects and a myriad of techniques using advanced computer software.
Modern astrology is excellent for psychological insight, but cannot predict with the precise of traditional astrology. T he public and even many astrologers are unaware that there is any difference between modern and traditional astrology. But even more than the significant difference in technique and methodology, what really distinguishes modern astrology from traditional astrology are their widely variant worldviews.
Traditional astrology follows the traditional worldview, where not only does the spiritual exist, but it is primary over the material. Traditional Hermetic and Neo-platonic philosophy sees the entire Cosmos as One unified being connected by bonds of spiritual sympathy and influence and everywhere embued with pattern and meaning. The modern worldview is that only matter and energy exist and thus the spiritual is non-existent. Events are random, except when caused by material or energetic causes or direct human intervention and existence is meaningless except for meaning humans choose to put on it which is subjective and conventional.
Even those that state that they believe in the spiritual tend to see it operating in a materialist and mechanistic way, e. Here is a blog post on the Modern World View. The modern world view has a strong effect on how people approach astrology which we can see in a very practical way with regard to their choice of the Tropical, Sidereal or Constellational Zodiacs.
T raditional astrology is divided into four main categories: Natal astrology , which examines and predicts events based on a birth chart. Horary astrology , which answers specific questions by looking at a horoscope for the time of the asking of the question. Electional astrology , which picks astrologically auspicious times to take action. Astrological magic makes considerable use of electional astrology to create Astrological talismans.
Mundane or geo-political astrology, which uses a variety of techniques to predict events on a national scale or over long periods of history. Mundane astrology also includes weather prediction. T he Renaissance Astrology web site is the largest traditional astrology site, with information on a wide variety of topics as well as actual examples of horary, electional and astrological magic charts. This is a great place to start learning about traditional astrology!
Check out our Youtube Videos which are a great introduction to traditional astrology and astrological magic. I f you are interested in reading about traditional astrology here is a booklist to get you started. You can also check out the complete list of books published by Renaissance Astrology Press. There are not many contemporary books written on traditional astrology, most were originally written in the Renaissance and Middle Ages:. T here is no question that William Lilly's Christian Astrology written in is the best single source on horary astrology.
It is available in a pdf facsimile of the original in the Renaissance Astrology CD Library or in paperback from Amazon.
Bonatti, a medieval Italian astrologer, is a key source for traditional astrology. M y Horary Casebook is a very useful resource with over 40 actual horary questions, charts, analysis made before the results were known and the actual results. This is the only way to really test your skills and knowledge of horary, with real charts!
This is also available on Amazon. F inally John Frawley's Horary Textbook is an excellent contemporary book on traditional astrology. Worth reading! T he Complete Picatrix is the most important grimoire of astrological magic. Anyone interested in astrological magic should have a copy. Our translation is from the Latin and is clear and usable. It is available from the Renaissance Astrology website and from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. M y Secrets of Planetary Magic is an excellent and relatively easy introduction to traditional astrological magic.
Another excellent introductory book is my Mansions of the Moon book. A hardcover version of the 17th century translation is available on Amazon from Llewellyn. Keep in mind, however, that the Llewellyn version edited by Donald Tyson, is not reliable when it comes to notes. O ne of the problems of a magical practitioner in the early 21st century is getting caught between running aground on the Scylla google it!
It's very tempting to be "serious" and start paying lots of attention to academic sources, after all they are the high priests of our society and their imprimatur google it! U nfortunately, academic observers of magic are still required to reject its actual existence. This makes them very problematic sources of information when one is actually interested in doing magic.
Hard to get practical tips from someone that insists the whole exercise is a pointless exercise in outdated superstition. S o, I've generally used academic sources very sparingly, in the very beginning of study, simply to get my historical bearings. I hadn't even bothered to read anything new coming out of academia in the past few years, so it was a pleasant surprise to run across two new books in the UPenn Magic in History series that I can actually recommend.
Klaassen even goes to so far as to say that in his opinion, at least as far as the actual practitioners were concerned, that magic worked. Though I don't think he'd go so far as to endorse the practicing of magic by those in the contemporary world. Klaassen is one of the leading lights of the Societas Magicae, which is extremely frosty about actual practitioners.
Their membership form, for example, asks either for your academic affiliation or a listing of academic articles published. Y In any case, I did find Transformation of Magic very interesting and can recommend it because it gives a great amount of information about the split between astrological and Solomonic magic. The boy tried to say something, but his huge grin prevented him. A planet caught between two nice planets is favoured whichever way it turns.
This is most fortunate. To be worth noting in these charts, the besieging planets should be no more than 10 degrees apart at the very most. A planet can also be besieged by the rays. If it casts its aspect into the narrow space between two nasty planets, this is weakening. If between two nice planets, it is helpful. The planets must be very close together for this to be significant in contest horaries: no more than two degrees apart at most.
Even at it strongest, it is a weaker testimony than bodily besiegement. Regulus is by far the most important of these. A significator at 28 or 29 Leo is on Regulus, and is greatly strengthened. Spica, at 23 Libra, offers some protection against defeat, but can be overruled by strong testimony. Algol, at 26 Taurus, is a negative of moderate strength. Allow a degree or so of orb either way, but no more than that.
But then I was talking about stars affecting a house by falling on its cusp. N o w I am talking about planets being affected by falling onto a star. Different stars are worth noting in these different contexts. But you didn't mention the joys of the planets. I didn't mention it earlier, when we discussed the strength or weakness offered by being in an angular, succedent, or cadent house, lest speaking about it then made you believe it more important than it really is. But it does have some significance, so is worth noting. Each planet has one house where it is particularly happy.
Being in that house strengthens it a bit. Saturn, for example, joys in the 12th. If our significator is Saturn in the 12th, it is weak, because it is cadent; but not quite so weak, because it is in its joy. T h e joy certainly doesn't balance out the cadency, though: it is still weak. Usually, planets in the 12th and 8th houses have about the same level of weakness. But Saturn in the 12th would be significantly less weak than a planet in the 8th.
Similarly if the other significator were in the 6th. So long as that other significator wasn't Mars, which itself joys in the 6th, Saturn would have the edge. But a minor affliction to that succedent planet would render them about equal. O r suppose we had Venus in its joy, in the 5th. If the other significator were angular, but afflicted in some way, maybe by an aspect, Venus' joy could render it about equal. A planet very close to an angle would need to be severely afflicted for Venus in joy to match it, though. They have little effect in contest horaries because there is so little scope for subtlety here.
In more complex horary questions they can be more significant. In natal work, even more so. T h e joys of the planets are these: Mercury: Venus: Sun: ist house 5th house 9th house Saturn: 12th Moon: 3rd house Mars: 6th house Jupiter: nth house house. The Moon 'If the Moon is one of our main significators let me stress this: I mean only if the Moon is one of our main significators - there are some other points we must consider: things that don't apply to any other planet, but are important when assessing the Moon's condition.
First is the amount of light it has. For these charts, we can say that if it is more than degrees from the Sun it has lots of light, so it's strong. If it is less than 60 degrees from the Sun, it has little light, so it's moderately weak. Less than 30 degrees and it's very weak. If the Moon were our significator in a long-term question, though - maybe How is my team going to do this season? Moving away from the Sun shows the Moon gaining light and getting stronger; moving towards the Sun shows it losing light and getting weaker. You said that was a major affliction.
That is as true of the Moon as of any other planet. Even though it has lots of light then, within 8 degrees of opposition to the Sun it is badly afflicted. In most cases we would read this as a general weakening, but the connection between the via combusta and the ancient taboos around the issue of blood can give it a special significance in charts for boxing matches. N o w remember: these points about the Moon are relevant only if the Moon is one of our main significators. Void ofcourse 'But what if the Moon is void of course, Master?
Even Britney cannot suppress a smile at the comments they contain. Nothing happens when the Moon is void, we are told. The whole of Creation stands still, holding its breath for hours or even days till the Moon moves on. So contests that start under a void M o o n can have no result. Nor can those contests for which some idle astrologer casts a horary when the M o o n is void.
T h e poor sportsmen will be playing forever, getting no nearer the final whistle than Tantalus to slaking his thirst. This is, of course, utter nonsense. Life does not stop when the M o o n is void. Ignore it.
If the Moon is not one of the main significators, it is a minor testimony that things may not fall out as the querent wishes. That's all. It can easily be overruled. The Moon can be void at other times, but they need not concern us here. Essential dignity of the rulers 'We've dealt with the houses themselves and with the accidental dignities of their rulers. Now we must move on. Judging one of these charts must take hours. Britney licked him again, which certainly distracted him, if it didn't noticeably cheer him up. Least of all these. Fear not: these points take far longer to explain than they do to apply.
With a little practice, you'll see them all with barely more than a glance. W e can look over these final points quite briefly. But look we must, for you will find charts where they are important. T h e y are of no significance in these judgements. Suppose my significator is in its own sign while m y opponent's is in its detriment or is peregrine: that would give m y team an advantage.
But if m y opponent is accidentally much stronger, his team will still win, even if I have the advantage essentially. Aren't they of special importance in these questions? In contest charts a planet in its own exaltation is especially strong. This is the one essential factor that can be weighed against the major accidental dignities. If a planet exalts itself, what that planet signifies will be full of confidence. Confidence doesn't guarantee victory, of course, but it does make it more likely. A planet in fall is in the sign opposite to its exaltation, so that would betray a lack of confidence.
Again, not a guarantee of defeat, but certainly worth noting as a negative factor. That's all we need know about essential dignity for judging contest horaries. Receptions He looked a good deal more cheerful after that brief lesson. W h o likes whom is hardly relevant in these charts! What concerns us is who has power over whom. If your planet is in a sign ruled by my planet, your team is in my team's power. To some extent. As with essential dignity, this can tip a chart that is otherwise even, but is not usually a powerful thing in itself- except when that reception is by exaltation.
You think you're destined to lose. This doesn't mean that you will lose, but it does make it more likely. Be careful with that one. Don't count this as two separate testimonies. If Lord 1 is in a sign ruled by Lord 7, it will always be in its detriment. O r vice versa. We can ignore the reception and just say it's debilitated. Similarly if Lord 1 is just inside the 7th house or vice versa : it is in the enemy's house. It will also be in its detriment. Reception by term, face, detriment and fall can be ignored. That must be helpful.
You must think about what these things mean. Mutual reception is like friendship: the two planets want to help each other. In a court-case horary, which has some similarities to a contest horary, that may make sense. If my planet is in mutual reception with another planet, that other planet could signify m y witnesses somebody else w h o is helping me.
In a contest, there isn't anybody else: it's just me and the enemy. M y friend may wish me well, but he isn't going to run onto the field and score a home run for me. There needs to be a context where the mutual reception can make sense. This is true of every testimony in every branch of astrology. N o matter how glorious or how dreadful what we see in the stars, it will not happen on Earth unless there is scope for that glorious or dreadful thing within the immediate, real, context.
T h e stars may show that I win a fortune. But if I am playing cards for matchsticks, I will not win a fortune. There is no scope for winning a fortune within the real context. G o now and draw water for our evening soup. Tomorrow we can start putting this all together.
Putting it together Next morning we started early, beneath a glorious sky with air so clear it seemed I could reach out my hand and touch the nearby peaks. Britney settled down in her customary place, ready for another day of being a docile blackboard. Sedna was a little late in joining us. Clearly he had been in a rush, as I had to make a discreet gesture to tell him some of his breakfast was still attached to his beak.
He wiped it o f f with a wing-tip. N o w you'll see how that works in the hurlyburly of a chart. N o account of the theory, no matter how exhaustive, can fully show how the chart is judged. Until then, you must work through the points on your checklist. These points are cumulative: a planet in an angular house and on the North Node is stronger than if it were angular and not on the North Node. But we cannot reduce our judgement to an arithmetical formula. All our testimonies admit of gradation: how close to the angle? So it is impossible to fix a numerical value for any dignity or debility.
Well-behaved charts have clear-cut testimonies. Others do not. M a n y charts are finely balanced. That fine balance will often be testimony that the game will be drawn. If the draw is a possible outcome. If we want reliable judgements, we must be thorough, but if the argument for each team is equally persuasive, we are unlikely to choose the victor by a microscopic analysis of testimony.
Even the most obvious of testimonies can temporarily conceal itself behind a cloud of inattention. T h e thing most often forgotten is antiscia. But if you've thoroughly checked everything, then checked again, and still honours are even, follow William Lilly's advice: When the testimonies of Fortunes and Infortunes are equal, deferjudgement, it's not possible to know which way the balance will turn. A W e don't have to provide an answer for every chart.
Regard for the limitations of knowledge, whether individual or collective, is no failure. O u r context here is so limited, however, that this is one area of horary where we may allow ourselves to pull up short. O u r choice in these charts is between black and white. If all we can see is an exact mid-grey, this is neither more black nor more white. Choosing one or the other would not be judgement, 4 William Lilly, Christian Astrology, p. Mount yourself instead upon the next bejewelled camel of advice in that richly laden caravan of astrological wisdom: save the charts so you can examine them once the outcome is known.
In a match that somebody must win, even that slight balance will be sufficient to show the victor. If a draw is a possible result, so is a judgement such as, "It looks like a draw, but your team might just edge it". By ruling out an enemy victory, even a hedged judgement like this has given us something. By now she had fallen asleep. He sat in silence, looking at me expectantly.
You must do the work. As the Ancient Masters put it, "No pain, no gain". If I explain the judgement to you, it will go in one ear and out the other. If you work at it yourself, you might remember something. So study the chart yourself and tell me what you think. Just inside the 7th house, the house of the enemy.
It looks bad for our guy. So bad that we could almost base judgement on this alone. Lord 7 would have to be in a truly parlous state to be worse placed than this. But is there anything else? The sign on the 7th cusp is always the detriment of the Ascendant ruler.
Lord 1 being in its detriment here is inevitable, so this is not a second testimony and must not be counted as such. Anyway, essential dignity makes little difference in these charts. It is accidental dignity that counts. This too is not a separate testimony. It is easy to repeat the same thing in different words and think you are piling up testimonies.
This is a trap. You are not. So far we have only one testimony. Saturn is combust. It is at the outer limits of combustion, but with the Sun applying to it is rapidly becoming more deeply combust. We now have two serious afflictions to Lord 1, each of which on its own would spell almost certain defeat. It is hard to imagine Lord 7 being in a worse condition, but we should glance at it, just in case.
It is accidental dignity that counts in contest horaries. What a powerful placement! The other guy must win. We have two serious afflictions to Lord 1, while Lord 7 is strong. It is close to the South Node, but not close enough for this to be significant. This brought some subdued snorting, as if she were arguing with someone in her sleep. Same question: Our guys or their guys? Right testimony; wrong conclusion. Think again. How does this placement of Lord 1 differ from the one we've just looked at? Sitting on the cusp, the planet controls the house.
Our guys control their guys. We win. Inside the cusp, the house controls the planet. On the cusp, the planet controls the house. This is so powerful a testimony it is almost conclusive. Is there anything else of note? It's in the 9th house, which is neither good nor bad. It has some minor dignity by being in its joy, but this is trivial compared to the powerful place-. Nothing much to be said about Lord 7; strong testimony for Lord 1. Our guys will win. If this were about a contest taking place over a longer period, such as the World Series, America's Cup, a chess championship, or even a test match, this would be an important testimony.
For a short, one-off game such as a football or rugby match, it is too distant to be counted. If it were within a degree or two it would be significant here. Even if it were tightly applying it would have no relevance at all. An aspect brings the two things together. In this case it brings our guys and their guys together. But we know that's going to happen: we wouldn't have a contest otherwise. We don't need to prove that both teams turn up. Nor is it any more of a contest if we have an aspect, or any less of one if we don't. You have probably read horary judgements where an aspect is accorded great significance.
If that were true, this separating aspect would show that the teams have already been in contact. The match must be over. Which was not, of course, the case when the question was asked. We can see the judgement here at a glance. We have a clear, powerful testimony in favour of one team. That's not quite enough for judgement: we must still take a quick look around the chart to make sure there is nothing equally powerful in favour of the other team.
But with practice, my boy, you'll be judging charts like this in a matter of seconds. Horary is a marvellous tool. This one is a little more complex. Same question: Will we winV Britney rolled over in her sleep. I brushed the dust off her other flank and drew a new chart. He gazed at it thoughtfully. Lord 1 is Mercury. How is Mercury? But it's such a long way from the cusp. And, even more, it's in a different sign to the cusp. This testimony's not so strong. It's almost 14 degrees. While being in a different sign is like having a layer of protective insulation around it.
This is still a minor negative testimony for the good guys, but it's nothing to get excited about. What else? Those are both weakening. It must be turning direct sometime soon. That means it must be moving slowly and losing speed. We can check that in the ephemeris. That's a bad sign for the good guys. Those squares would be very nasty, but at almost 5.
Look now at Lord 7. How is Jupiter? But,' he added hurriedly, leaning back out of stick range, 'you've told me, Master, that essential dignity doesn't mean much in these charts. That's not good. And it is under the sunbeams. O h look, it's nearly combust! Again, this is something that would be important in a question about a long-term event, like a World Series. There, it would show the enemy losing power as the series progressed.
It would need to be on the very point of entering combustion for us to take that into account with a shortterm question like this. But, yes, it is weakened by being in the 8th and under the sunbeams. So far, there's not much to choose between them. T h e lad cowered, fearing my wrath for daring to mention that would-be planet. But I answered softly, 'It's so close. In many questions that would be worth noting, as an indication of some deceit or delusion. I can't see that it can carry a meaning here that would be sufficient to affect the result of the match.
He continued to pore over the chart. I trust, gentle reader, that you are doing the same. If this were a court-case horary, where Lord 10 signifies the judge, this judge would be as bad as bad can be. We do best, though, to keep the referee out of contest horaries. Even if the referee is incompetent or partial, it is still the two contestants who fight it out.
Lord 10 may yet have a role here, as ruler of the good guys' house of success. It's a minor role, though. But again, it's minor stuff. Such minor testimonies are most unlikely to swing a judgement. Have you noticed that Lord 4 is exactly midway between Mercury and Jupiter? Lord 4 can show "the end of the matter" so this might suggest the result is finely poised. A close game. This could be supporting testimony for a draw. But supporting testimony only. Always take the main lines of the judgement from the main significators. A benefic just inside the 7th house must favour the enemy.
It's essentially weak, so it isn't that benefic. Another minor testimony. Venus is the dispositor of Fortuna, though. Placed where it is, it is in the hands of the enemy. That's another testimony in their favour, though again, only a minor one. So far it looks finely balanced. It would be too precious of us to try to determine which is the stronger.
So a draw is likely. If this were a knock-out match, a game one team had to win, those minor testimonies would become important. As a draw is no longer possible, we can scrape the bottom of the testimonial barrel in an attempt to find something on which to hang a judgement.
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But you've missed something. The major testimony that makes judgement certain. We've looked at everything. Look again. Look at Lord 1 and the 7th cusp. This could take some time. I was awakened by Britney clambering to her feet. It was growing dark, time for her milking. He was still sitting by her side, despondent.
We walked back to the cave in silence, the sound of our footsteps echoing among the mountains, so quiet it was. I gestured to Britney to be patient a moment longer and led him to the back of the cave, where a hutch held a number of small mammals. He was entranced. They're so sweet. Some kind of marsupial? They are antiscia. Every astrologer should have some of these little animals. He petted it, hugging it and stroking its head.
I see! Its antiscion is at Lord 1 is completely in the power of the enemy. The good guys must lose. This is the one powerful, determining testimony in this chart. It is quite as powerful as Lord 1 being there bodily, as you saw in the first chart we judged. You see, these little creatures are important. Look after the one I've given you. If you had not used an antiscion, what would you have been?
Now go feed your antiscion, while I milk Britney. That's enough astrology for today. Having enjoyed a hearty breakfast, Britney was more than obliging, lying down to snooze as I made use of her pitchblack coat. The question, Will Norway beat Brazil? I invited him to explain. Lord 1 is in a succedent house.
Lord 7 is in an angle, very close to the M C. The enemy must win. It's quite straightforward. That smug feeling should have been a warning to him. Rhythmic strokes of my stick reinforced my words: 'Only the Master is allowed to be smart here! Look at the receptions. What do they tell you? T h e Sun is in the triplicity of Saturn. Saturn is in the exaltation and triplicity of the Sun. Especially because of the exaltation. Let me tell you. Therefore, it is by far the strongest of all receptions too.
Stronger even than sign rulership. Sufficient to overcome the house placements. Norway win. Much to everyone's surprise. Is that significant? Yes, the Moon is separating from a trine to Mars and applies to trine the Sun. So the Moon translates the light of Mars to the Sun. Mars is Lord 10, so I see what you're thinking: perhaps we can take the 10th as the house of success. That is indeed what I thought when I judged this chart.
I now incline not to do that. I think it's better to limit ourselves to the ist and 7th houses in these horaries. You may be right, though. But be very cautious when using the 10th like that. It's only of secondary significance in contest charts. It becomes more important in charts where we are trying to quantify a result, rather than decide between A and B. If the question had been "Will I profit by opening this shop? Here it is trivial. In test matches, the draw is a very likely result. Remember this when you judge the chart.
Lord 7 just inside the ist house. I mean, yes, of course it is in its detriment. But if Lord 7 is just inside the ist house, or vice versa, it will be in its detriment. This is automatic. Because it is automatic, this is one testimony, not two.
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As I've told you, be careful not to think you are piling up testimonies when in fact you are merely repeating the same testimony in different words. Anyway, essential dignity doesn't much concern us in these charts. Accidental dignity and receptions. Oh, look: Lord 1 is in the 7th. But what is the difference between its placement in the 7th and Lord 7's placement in the ist?
And so, dear reader, should you.
Well done! But that would not be befitting a Master of Astrology. So it is to a great extent insulated from the effects of being in that house. Better it were not there, but compared to the position of Lord 7 in the ist, this is minor. Had Lord 7 been in another house, this would then have become significant. But even so, it is not that powerful a testimony. He did not receive one. Because it is not in the same sign as the 7th cusp, Lord 1 is not automatically in its detriment here. D o you follow this?
Planets are in detriment when in the signs opposite the ones they rule. The sign on the 7th cusp by definition opposes that on the ist. So the ruler of the ist will automatically be in its detriment when in the sign of the 7th cusp. So detriment there isn't significant in these charts. But being in detriment in some other sign is significant, and here Lord 1 is in its detriment in some other sign.
What did I just tell you? The querent's team must win. The match was close, though, as might be expected from the position of Lord 1. We have no other important testimony here. T h e difference between a. Not only in contest horaries: in any astrological chart. A planet that is in that house but in a different sign to the cusp is much less affected by its placement there, and it affects that house much less.
Any planet in major essential dignity is benefic. The Sun is in its own sign But beside sign rulership, that is trivial. It is in its own sign, so it is strong. How much stronger can a planet get? And this essentially strong planet is in the 7th house, which benefits that house. The boy has worse manners than Britney. But he's enthusiastic. You take my point exactly. Look how far it is from the house cusp.
Even at 26 or 27 degrees in the same sign, the effect would wane. In another sign - no, only if there were no other significant testimonies would this be important. The querent supported Oxford. Cambridge are shown by Lord 7, Mercury. What do you see? Jupiter is in the nth. That gives Cambridge an advantage. Even though Jupiter is also in its joy, Mercury is better placed. What about the 7th house? That has a debilitated Mars in it, so that's afflicted too, though the North Node is a positive.
But they're not in the sign of the cusp either. If this were all the testimony we had, we could see that the 7th is less afflicted than the ist. But it will be a skinny chart where this is all the testimony we have. Look back at the main significators. Oxford can't win. There's another strong testimony there. But it's not what I'm looking for. Master, the antiscion of Mercury is at That puts Mercury in a very powerful position. What with that and the combustion, Cambridge must win. This is another football match: Will we win? T h e enemy is Jupiter, Lord 7.
Horrible stuff happening to the 7th house: Saturn and the South Node are there. What about Mercury and Jupiter? But neither is in the sign o f the c u s p , s o t h e y ' r e both strong, but not that strong. Mercury is about to go back into its own sign. That must be important. If this had been a long-term question, maybe. But for a short-term issue, like the outcome of one game, we cannot cross the sign boundary.
So it's retrograde: that's weakening. And it's opposed by this nasty Saturn. Saturn afflicts Jupiter too, and more closely. That must count as an affliction. Not such a great affliction, but certainly worth noting. Mercury's peregrine; Jupiter in its fall.
N o receptions between them. It's all much of a muchness. But someone had to win this game. And anyway, you're missing something. Look, the antiscion of Jupiter is at Yes, by its bodily placement Jupiter is in an angle, but not so strong because it's not in the same sign as the cusp. But by antiscion it is exactly on that angle: very powerful. There are two more testimonies here, both by antiscion.
Which are? But by antiscion they fall right on the Ascendant. That's bad news for the good guys. And the third testimony? But it was my duty. The Nodes are opposite each other. If one is on the Ascendant the other will always be on the Descendant. That isn't two testimonies; it is saying the same testimony twice. Now, where is that final testimony? By antiscion it's just inside the 7th house, in the hands of the enemy. I hope you see why I set you this chart. It illustrates two very important points. First, that you cannot ignore antiscia. Here, no antiscia: no judgement.
Second, it shows the difference between being in an angle in the sign of the cusp and being in an angle in a different sign to the cusp. Will you remember this? Suppose we are asked Will the champions win? As always in horary, we must be careful with the question asked. Just because the question is phrased in such a way, it doesn't necessarily mean such a thing. Will the champions win? The team that won the Super Bowl or the Premier League, the guy who won the French Open or the Formula 1 championship: they happen to be the ones who won it last year.
Within the bounds of this year's competition, they are not champions. The situation is different with boxing and some other martial arts, and also sometimes with chess. In these, one fighter is the champion, and will continue to be so until he is defeated, retires, or is stripped of his title. I see. He's the one who has the title, not the one who had the title. The boxing title fight is a battle for a title that the champion currently holds. What we're really asking is Will the king be dethroned?
Compare this with the situation in American politics. A presidential election when there is an incumbent president is like a title fight: a challenger seeks to unseat the holder, the present champ. In elections where there is no incumbent president, the battle is a straight fight between two challengers, which is the situation in most sports matches. The only time I can think of a title-fight situation in team sports was in the early years of the FA Cup. Last year's winners would be given a bye all the way to this year's final, so this year's competition was to decide who would challenge last year's champs.
But that was before even my time, my boy. The challenger will have the 4th, because it is the 7th from the ioth: t h e h o u s e of t h e king's enemy. The champ would still have the ioth. In this case, the question is Will we dethrone the king? We - the champ would then be ist and the challenger, our enemy, 7th. If they're not already in play as house rulers, we must also consider the natural rulers:. If the significator o f the champion is about to enter the sign o f its fall, or that o f the challenger its exaltation, we have a clear testimony of victory for one or the other.
It does not reverse by night. If the champ's significator makes an immediate conjunction or opposition to this Part, it's testimony of defeat. But be cautious: you must have other testimony to back this up, otherwise he might win the fight and then announce his retirement.
But in a title fight, it's a strong testimony that the status quo will be preserved. Nothing will change, so the champion will retain his crown. C a n I judge those in the same way? Let's not wander off. But no, you can't. T h e y are elections, not fights, so the M o o n has a determining role. It is significator of the electorate, so an aspect from the M o o n to one or other contender, regardless of receptions, will overcome just about any other testimony: that contender will win.
T h e same is true of sports that are decided by vote, such as icedancing. Takanori Hatakeyama was defending his title against Julien Lorcy.
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T h e challenger is shown by Lord 4, Jupiter. Mercury is very strong, just inside its own house. Jupiter is very weak, just inside the champ's house. T h e favourite must win! M y stick had lain unused too long. It fell fast and hard upon the back of his head. But keep looking. The Sun is on the North Node. That must be good for the champion, too. I suppose that might weigh against the champ. But it doesn't seem very important. But look how far Mercury is behind the Sun. What does that tell you?
Yes, Mercury is in station. This is a serious debility. How can someone win a sporting contest when he's stationary? Now, the Part of Fortune is in the 4th house. Fortuna doesn't make a house stronger. There is still one significator you haven't considered. Oh, it's applying immediately to the Sun and look at the reception!
The Sun is ruled by the Moon, while the Moon takes the Sun into its fall. That can't be good for the champ. Is this enough to defeat him? As you've shown, Hatakeyama had strong testimonies in his favour. It was a close contest. But Lorcy won on points: the champ was defeated. Its being ruled by the Moon isn't significant. The reception makes it more important - the fact that the Moon has power over it and takes it into its fall. But even that isn't of major significance. It is the immediate aspect that emphasises this reception, making this a major testimony. Here's another.