Electional Astrological Chart
Startup of the "Quiller
Electional astrology is the reverse of horary astrology. In horary
astrology, a questioner (known as the "querent") asks a question, the moment
and location of which are considered the same as they would be for a person
born at that time and place. In electional astrology, the optimum
time is chosen for the start of an important enterprise or activity such
that it would have been a good time to have asked a horary question.
The time chosen for the startup of the QSP is 11:29:00 a.m., CST [17:29
GMT], Western Springs, IL (41N48, 87W53). Below the chart are links,
first to a legend to help you with the symbols, and then (within the interpretation
text), to individual terms on a glossary page.
To begin with, it was decided that the venture would function best,
and achieve quickest results if the angles were in CARDINAL
SIGNS. However, because MARS (ruler
of the FIRST HOUSE, and hence of the chart)
is found in the FIXED SIGN AQUARIUS,
denoting a more sure and steady but slower development
(as does its placement in the SUCCEEDENT
ELEVENTH HOUSE), some mitigating adjustment
was needed. This is found in the conflation of fast
and slow timing, due to the fact that MARS
(energetic exploration) and SATURN
(slow planning) are in MUTUAL RECEPTION
BY SIGN and MUTUAL RECEPTION BY HOUSE.
Such placement invariably offers avenues whereby the two planets' advantageous
and disadvantageous characteristics may be played off against each other,
and their relative strength increased thereby.
Ordinarily, one would avoid having SATURN
in any ANGULAR HOUSE (here, the FIRST
HOUSE). However, we are dealing with an enterprise that needs
good repute and administrative ability, both matters ruled
by the TENTH HOUSE. Thus, the fact
that SATURN rules the TENTH
HOUSE both naturally and in this particular chart (since its sign CAPRICORN
is on the TENTH HOUSE CUSP)
brings these qualities to the forefront (FIRST
HOUSE) of the planned enterprise. One should remember, too, that
the two mutual receptions (sign and house) SATURN
has with the FIRST HOUSE RULER
MARS guarantees that SATURN's
normally deleterious effects can be dealt with productively through
courage and energetic action.
The PART OF FORTUNE also resides
in the FIRST HOUSE. This imaginary
point is of great importance in horary and electional charts, signifying
where one is likely to find increase and favorable conditions.
The PART OF FORTUNE is superbly placed,
free of negative aspects (several bodies, such as the MOON,
and even the RETROGRADE VENUS,
are in separating SQUARE aspects, signifying
that the conflict attending these stressful aspects is in the past,
not the future). Moreover, the PART
OF FORTUNE is almost exactly TRINE the
MIDHEAVEN, the highest point of the chart, promising
a good reputation for the project, particularly since the Part is
in TAURUS, traditionally considered to be
its strongest sign.
Apart from SATURN, a great deal of care
has been taken to keep the other malefic planets (MARS,
and PLUTO) out of any ANGULAR
HOUSE. NEPTUNE has crossed over
into the ELEVENTH HOUSE, but at least
is out of the TENTH HOUSE, where its defrauding
and hallucinatory influence can damage the public perception of
the enterprise and cause misapprehension of its goals and potentialities.
An interesting placement is that of PLUTO,
normally associated with powerful, though largely hidden,
forces that penetrate to the core of questions, yet often unleash
violently upsetting elements. PLUTO's
superbly aspected here, due immediately to receive the beneficial opportunity-making
SEXTILE aspect from the MOON,
and forming a close, even more beneficial, TRINE
aspect to the ASCENDANT. Moreover,
PLUTO is placed in the EIGHTH
house of research, thus confirming the importance that activity
to this enterprise.
The chief trouble should come from the placement of MARS
and URANUS in the ELEVENTH
HOUSE. Some steps, though, have been taken to lessen the impact
of the soon-to-be-experienced CONJUNCTION
aspects of the MOON to these two malefic planets.
First, MARS is in MUTUAL
RECEPTION BY SIGN and MUTUAL RECEPTION
BY HOUSE, an element of the chart already discussed. This means
that the combative influence of MARS
can be alleviated by exchange with the more sobering influence of
its exchange partner, SATURN. Second,
URANUS is about as strong as it can
be, resting in its own sign, AQUARIUS,
and the house it naturally rules, the ELEVENTH
It will be noticed that the focus of this chart is on the ELEVENTH
HOUSE, with more than half of the bodies residing in that house.
The meanings of the ELEVENTH HOUSE, accentuated
by the influence of its associated sign, AQUARIUS
(where five of the six ELEVENTH HOUSE
planets rest), suggest innovation, computers, large-scale
enterprises (such as the Internet), the hybriding of the old
(scholarly analysis) with the new (websites), and so on. It
is interesting to note that Elleston Trevor (Adam Hall) was born
on February 17, under the sign AQUARIUS.
In electional charts, one must also attend to the APPLYING
ASPECTS of the MOON. Originally,
it was thought beneficial to let the day "age" a bit to bring the MOON
past its upcoming conflictual CONJUNCTION
aspects to, first, URANUS, and then, MARS.
However, to have done this would have been to have placed most of the bodies
in the lower half of the chart (the nocturnal, or night, half).
Ordinarily, for an enterprise to succeed, it is preferable for at least
the SUN, VENUS,
JUPITER, and the MOON
to be in the diurnal (top) half of the chart.
What it came down to was a tradeoff between a more pacific,
but lesser-known enterprise (nocturnal concentration), and a more
conflictual (at least initially) but better-known enterprise.
In thinking the matter over, I was reminded of one of my friend's favorite
quotations, by Humphrey Bogart: "I don't mind a reasonable
amount of trouble." The initial trouble has to be gone through
in order that the better outcome can be actualized (promised by
the MOON's SEXTILE
aspect to SATURN, and then later to MERCURY,
as well as its very favorable PARALLEL
and CONJUNCTION [the final] aspect
to the highly benefic JUPITER).
As we say here in America: "If you want to make an omelette,
you've got break a few eggs."
Created by Rick Holt (Iron Mouth) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright (c) 1997
Disclaimer: all opinions not expressly attributed
to other contributors are solely my own.