Sunday, 21 February 2021

Esoteric Astrology Lessons





Compiled & Offered By

Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.


During my private practice as a counselor and teacher of metaphysical holistic growth, I found esoteric—meaning soul-centered—astrology to be the single most beneficial tool for self-understanding, spiritual growth, and life-planning.  I created a series of classes for learning to interpret your own esoteric astrological soul map.


I am thrilled to have Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile re-join me in offering an opportunity for Soul Growth thru having your esoteric astrological natal chart interpreted. If you would like to have a professional interpretation of your natal chart, click this link and read about Dr. Kay. There is a fee for the interpretation because it is a very time-consuming process; but well worth it. Read the review of her work. She is the only esoteric astrologer that I feel comfortable recommending. She combines her extensive knowledge of Esoteric Astrology, Music Therapy, and Spiritual Direction, plus being a former college professor in Education to interpret charts.

You will have a lifetime treasure--what I call a Soul Map!

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Lesson 1 - Esoteric AstrologyLesson 2 - How do I relate to Transits?

Lesson 3 - Chart Configuration Types

Lesson 4 - The Planets

Lesson 5 - Retrograde Planets

Lesson 6 - Non-Planetary Influences

Lesson 7 -- Non-Planetary Influences

Lesson 8 -- Planets In The Houses

Lesson 9 -- Planetary Aspects


Friday, 19 February 2021

Electional Astrology


Put at its simplest, electional astrology is the art of choosing the best moment for any particular project or event. All projects begin with an idea and then are followed by a plan to manifestation. When electing a chart we are homing in on a point of no return, a time when so much is committed that you are unlikely to back away.

Electional astrology is the astrology of choice. In most fields of astrology we take careful note of the time and place of the event and after setting a chart examine it to see what it can tell us. In electional astrology we choose a chart to ensure the best possible outcome for an event. In a way it's back to front astrology. But the principles are the same. Many of the rules for electional astrology are derived from horary astrology.

In horary astrology we are seeking the answer to a question. In electional astrology we know the answer we want - the problem can lie in correctly defining the question. There is no space to be vague in either field.

Electional charts can be prepared for almost any event. Weddings, beginning a new job, starting a business, moving house, holding a party the list is almost endless. For ethical reasons most astrologers won't attempt to elect a chart for illegal acts and because of the work involved, few will elect charts for trivial events - such as a party. This doesn't stop you from choosing the best time for a party by astrology if you wish, of course. A lot of the electional rules given in old textbooks refer to how to build a church or establish a new country or the best time to put a king on the throne. Most people are more concerned with having a good night out, buying new clothes and finding a partner. So I'll stick to more mundane examples.


Electional astrology has a long history. In times when the people's birth details would not be known the astrologer would only have recourse to electional or horary astrology.

The astrologer-magician John Dee, elected the chart for Queen Elizabeth I's coronation as well as aiding in the timing of the sailing of the Armada. Pope Julius II had the day of his coronation chosen by an astrologer. In a war between Pisa and Florence, the Florentines commissioned their official astrologer to fix an auspicious hour for the departure of reinforcements and nearly lost a battle owing to the astrologer insisting that the army take a circuitous route out of the city and so arriving much later than it should have.

In the East, electional astrology is more commonly used. A number of countries including Burma, India, Nepal and Pakistan had charts elected for the start of the nation.

Formulating the question

Before you can choose the chart you need some basic information about the issue at hand. For example, if you're electing a chart for someone starting a new job:- is this a new career direction, or simply a way of making some extra cash for the time being? If you are electing a chart for yourself it can be useful to note down what you expect and hope to gain from this particular event so you are clear in your mind before you begin

Once you are clear about what the issue involves then you need to consider the practicalities. When is it possible for the event to take place? And where? For example, it is highly unlikely that a couple will wish, or be able, to marry at 3 15 am. Most business events will take place during business hours on a weekday. If people need to travel to attend the event then an early start could cause difficulties.

You may be restricted to certain days of the week, certain times of day and maybe even particular dates. The location of your event could be restricted to one particular place or you may have a choice, for example, in the signing of a contract. Once you are clear about the parameters involved you can begin to work on the chart. It is likely that you will have a restricted amount of choices to work with.

First steps

As well as considering what you hope to gain, it is also worth considering what you wish to avoid. It is likely that you will have to incorporate a few "bad" points into the chart you choose. If you are aware of what would be the worst of these combinations, it is simpler to make the choice.

You need to have an awareness of traditional rulerships and dignities. But there will be times when the outer planets need to be considered. For example, Uranus is clearly involved if you are electing a time to buy a computer. I shall say more about the planets later.

A good day for one activity could be a terrible day for another. Moon in Capricorn would make a dull party but be great for something that needed hard work.

We begin by deciding exactly what we want to achieve with this particular chart. There may be a number of factors, which need attention so it's often a good idea to decide what the priorities are. If you're throwing a party do you want to make sure everyone has a wild time, that the right people meet each other, that it's as cheap as possible�..?

We can then move onto deciding what astrological factors best fit in. The first thing we need to take note of is which planets best reflect the venture we have in mind.

The Planets and elections

It is important to decide which planet rules the enterprise. The planets represent principles and by deciding which principle we wish to be emphasised, we can decide which of the planets is most closely connected. Some examples follow:-

Sun Power and rulership, heads of organisations, recognition of talents, awards. Exalted in 19 degrees of Aries and ruler of Leo. It functions well in fire signs.

Moon buying a home

Mercury Communication, mental undertakings, places of learning, media, Mercury is exalted in 15 degrees Virgo and rules Gemini and Virgo. It functions well in air signs. Travel in general. Commerce. Legal maters day to day basis.

About three times a year, Mercury turns retrograde. For 20% of the time it is retrograde. It appears to slow down, stop, move backwards for about three weeks, stop again and then return to moving forward. When Mercury is retrograde this is a critical time for communications. Information may be misunderstood, fail to reach its destination or simply be confusing. Mercury retrograde is generally a good time for checking and reviewing rather than beginning something anew. Because of the potential confusion, astrologers will often attempt to avoid a retrograde Mercury in an electional chart. If the chart is related to a Mercury type event in any way, it is clearly even more important to avoid Mercury retrograde. This includes making an announcement, short journeys, cars, computers, electronic gadgets, and telephones amongst other things. When Mercury is in one of its own signs, Gemini or Virgo, or in an angular house, the effect is likely to be even more marked. It is probably best to avoid Mercury retrograde completely, if possible.

Venus Unity, beauty, harmony. Women, love, relationships, arts. Venus is exalted in 27 degrees of Pisces and rules Libra and Taurus. It functions well in Cancer and Pisces but is in its detriment in Scorpio. Money. Pleasure. Theatre, cinema, concerts.

Mars Assertiveness, force, initiative surgery. Mars is exalted in 28 degrees Capricorn and rules Aries and Scorpio. Speeds things up, impatience, lack of care and consideration. Good for a contest or sporting activity. Military.

Jupiter Co-operation, the establishment. Jupiter is exalted in 15 degrees of Cancer. It rules Sagittarius and Pisces. Exaggerates, worsens any bad weather conditions. Baptism. Legal matters, law, courts.

Saturn Order and restraint, structure, durability. Saturn is exalted in 21 degrees Libra. It rules Capricorn and Aquarius. Concentration and restriction can inhibit and cause frustration but may be useful in constructive endeavours. Long term investments.

Uranus Change, invention and the desire to be different. It has an affinity with Aquarius. Sudden change forcing things to move on. Associated with technology.

Neptune Perfection, illusion, delusion. It has an affinity with Pisces. Unreality and illusion, loss delay and deceit. It can be used positively in artistic or spiritual ventures but there may be problems in achieving end results. Fraud

Pluto Renewal, rebirth. Pluto destroys and brings to the fore power issues. It is useful when considering things like pest control. It has an affinity with Scorpio.

Saturn and Mars are regarded as having a malefic influence, except in circumstances when they are significators. Venus and Jupiter are usually classed as benefic. The outer planets are also generally regarded as malefic except when significators. Owing to the slow motion of these planets we are severely restricted in their use.

In electing a chart we need to decide what are the basic significators, the planets, signs and houses ruling the matter for which the election is required. The Moon is of paramount importance and I'll talk about the Moon in a moment. We also need to consider the ascendant, its ruler and the cusp of the house ruling the matter.

If a malefic is a significator it ceases to be a malefic for the matter at hand. Similarly, if Jupiter and Venus afflict the significators they may cease to be benefics. The "benefics" are fortified by being placed in their own signs, exaltations, angles or in succedent houses and then in good aspect or reception to the significators. Cadent house may show failure or delay. The ascendant should not contain any malefic planet and care needs to be taken to choose an ascendant that favours the business in some way. The ruler of the ascendant should never be retrograde.

The general nature of the signs needs to be considered. For a speedy conclusion to a matter cardinal signs are suitable, for slowness of permanence fixed signs are preferable and if time is less important, mutable signs may be considered. The chief significators should be placed in signs relating to the nature of the election and the ascendant should be placed in a sign denoting the speed and general effect desired. As the ascendant also signifies the person using the election it should be strengthened along with its ruler and dispositor. As the fourth house denotes the end of the matter, it is advisable to strengthen it also as far as possible. However, the Moon and planets and houses generally take precedence.

The Sun or Moon should not be in the ascendant. If the Moon has to be placed in the ascendant it is important that it be strengthened as far as possible.

The Moon

The Moon principally represents change and receptiveness. Women in general and mothers in particular come under the rulership of the Moon. She also rules the general public. The moon is exalted in 3 degrees of Taurus and rules the sign Cancer. She also functions well in Pisces but as Scorpio is the sign of her fall and Capricorn her detriment she is not well placed in those signs. As the closest of the planets to the Earth and the fastest moving of the astrological planets, the Moon is the most important planet to consider in electional astrology. Although it has specific rulerships, these are of secondary importance to the role of the Moon in general. The quality of a particular time may be described by the sign through which the Moon is passing. In one month the Moon will pass through all of the zodiac signs, each one for approximately two and a half days. The Sun's position can describe the general tenor of the month, but it is the Moon's sign that will describe the day.

Aspects made by the Moon will modify the description given by her sign placement. It is best to try and avoid applying hard aspects to the Moon as they can produce difficulties. Keeping the Moon away from hard aspects to the outer planets can help to avert problems.

The Moon's phases

A good aspect between the Sun and Moon can be an ideal foundation for success. But although a trine or sextile between the lights can help the chart, it is important to judge it in context. If this would mean that difficult aspects are made between the Moon and Saturn, for example, the advantage of this phase would be lost. Traditionally the first twelve hours following the New Moon are said to be bad for elections. The next 72 are good, the next 12 bad, the next 72 good and so on. Generally most astrologers treat a New Moon as a good time for the beginning of a venture and avoid the Full Moon unless the intention is to see something end, or come to fruition.

The cycle of the Sun and Moon is embedded in our culture. We use the cycle in counting time. The phases of the Moon were considered of great importance in times past and were published in almanacs. Even today many calendars show the phases of the Moon. Rough and ready electional astrology relies completely on this cycle. The New Moon is classed as a time of new beginnings. It is a time to establish the foundations. The first quarter is a time that requires action and adjustment. The full Moon brings matters to fruition. The next quarter is another time of crisis and adjustment. Therefore, anything begun on a quarter Moon is likely to require some alteration and can be unstable. The first half of the cycle represents growth, the second a maturing. The Full Moon can be a good time for reaching an agreement and making a compromise.

But in casting an electional chart we are seeking more than a simple rule of thumb guide. And here the Moon is of paramount importance. As the fastest moving of the planets it is the Moon that gives us most leeway, besides the angles, when choosing a chart. Whatever the matter under consideration it is therefore important to make sure that the Moon is as strong as possible. The following result in the position of the Moon being weakened, are best avoided as far as possible.

1. The Moon being combust or within 7 1/2 degrees of the Sun, it is advised in older texts that a minimum distance of twelve degrees should exist between the Sun and Moon. If you MUST have the Moon near the Sun, a separating conjunction is preferable to an applying one.

2. The Moon should not be placed in the degree of her fall, 3 degrees of Scorpio.

3. The Moon should not be in opposition to the Sun.

4. Conjunctions, squares or oppositions between the Moon and Saturn or Mars should be avoided. (There may be exceptions to this rule when Saturn or Mars have rulership over the matter in question.)

5. The Moon should not be within twelve degrees of either of the nodes.

6. It is better to avoid the Moon being in the latter degrees of the same sign as Mars or Saturn.

7. The Moon should not be placed in the via combusta or between 15 degrees of Libra and 15 degrees of Scorpio.

8. Any position which weakens the Moon should be avoided, e.g. the Moon in its sign of detriment, Capricorn.

9. Times when the motion of the Moon is slow should be avoided. A glance at an ephemeris will show the relative speeds of the Moon, as the mean speed of the Moon is 13 degrees per day, movement below that is classed as slow.

10. The Moon should not be void of course (where it perfects no aspect to another planet before leaving the sign it is in- therefore generally in late degrees of a sign).

In general terms we want the Moon to be as strong as possible. Aspects between the Moon and Venus or Jupiter will usually add strength. Although it is generally thought that the Moon should not be in the ascendant it is good to have it aspecting the ascendant. If you have no choice but to have a weakened Moon in the chart, it is best to keep her away from the angles. The effect can be somewhat mitigated by placing either Jupiter or Venus in an angular house, or as near to an angle as possible.

If possible, the Moon should be placed in the house ruling the matter or in any angular house besides the first. If speed is desired, it may be best to place Venus or Jupiter in the ascendant or midheaven. If the Moon is still weak, it is best that she be placed in an angular or succedent house without making an aspect to the ascendant, its ruler, the ruler of the house ruling the matter, its dispositor or any important significator. If haste is essential, she should be placed in a house with no aspect to the ascendant with a benefic rising or favourably aspecting the rising degree.

The Moon in the Signs

Aries For promotion, a one man show where a single individual is in complete charge, quick action and decisiveness. Not good for co-operation or group activities.

Taurus Good for material growth and longevity, gardening or farming. Business ventures where capital is at stake and income must be assured. Not for rapid action, decision making or group activities.

Gemini Salesmanship, rapid thought processes and an ability to meet a challenge on a mental level and communicate easily. Unfavourable for heavy concentration or repetitive action.

Cancer Good for domestic tasks, but too moody for most business propositions and too personal for group causes; family oriented.

Leo Brings attention, one person operation, drama and extravagance are displayed, can lack originality.

Virgo Good for machine oriented businesses, including computers. Too much attention to detail for most things.

Libra Good for marriage or joining or balancing any two diverse influences in harmony, liaison work, litigation, arbitration, not for rapid action or materialistic pursuits.

Scorpio Only good for destructive ventures e.g. pest control.

Sagittarius Only good if willing to wait for results.

Capricorn Conservative and staid, methodical and practical, good for organisation but bad socially.

Aquarius Best for social events, parties, people oriented plans and group activities, not including fund raising. Lacks practicality.

Pisces Confuses but good for arts. Lack of materialism and realism.

Aspects between the Moon and other planets


Conjunction - begin only secret matters.

Sextile - begin work for the influential, good for seeking favours, good for short journeys, new friends and clerical work. Square - bad for changes, travel anything new, dealing with the influential, good for dealing with the nobility

Trine - good for managing the affairs of others, beginnings, new meetings, dealing with important people.

Opposition - good for dealing with the titled but not with the rich, good for beginning a change.


Conjunction - good for writing, correspondence, accounts, commercial transactions, sending messages, despatch, signing contracts and agreements

Sextile - good for study

Square - good for travel, buying and selling but not agreements or writing

Trine - good for sending children to school for the first time, study, mental work requiring ingenuity, dealing with lawyers

Opposition - bad for contracts, good for dealing with fellow workers, travel and study


Conjunction - good for pleasure, love, clothes

Sextile - good for financial affairs, buying jewellery

Square - good for sports, marriage, hiring servants

Trine - good for love affairs and wearing new clothes if the Moon is not in Leo

Opposition - bad for money as causes extravagance and can also lead to trouble in love


Conjunction - bad for journeys and dealing with soldiers or doctors

Sextile - good for buying houses, weapons, tools, contests and fights

Square - bad in general especially for marriage, friendship and dealing with the influential

Trine - good for hunting, war, dealing with martial people

Opposition - bad for journeys, friendships and dealing with women. A bad time to begin anything of importance


Conjunction - good for dealing with lawyers, doctors, churchmen and professionals

Sextile - good for making decisions, marriage, investing and speculating

Square - good for studying but bad for speculation and dealing with the legal profession

Trine - good for new ventures, dealing with professionals

Opposition - unlucky for journeys


Conjunction - bad, especially when dealing with the elderly, those ruled by Saturn, journeys, businesses and new venture Sextile - good for building, mining, dealing with the elderly, magistrates and officials, bad for affairs involving women

Square - bad in general but especially for taking medicine and travel

Trine - good for repairing, old places, building and agriculture

Opposition - bad for starting a new enterprise, engaging employees, financial investment, seeking favours


Positive aspects are good for dealing with government bodies, joining groups studying mystical matters, starting electrical work and aviation. Negative aspects are bad for journeys, removals, making friends, marriage and electrical danger


Positive aspects are good for social work, travel by water, art, music, visiting institutions and anaesthetics. Negative aspects are bad for travel, speculation, affairs, marriage, contracts, operations, beginning artistic work.


Positive aspects are good for pest control.

The signs and elections

The cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn signify things that alter and last a short time. For matters such as planting, buying and selling, placing the ascendant in these signs can be useful. If considering the length of a journey it can be shortened by placing the ascendant in one of these signs. Promises and agreements made when one of these signs is rising are more likely to be met speedily. The fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius ensure that things will last a long time. Therefore those signs are well placed on the ascendant when considering charts for marriage, building or any venture you wish to last. The mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces rising show that matters will not necessarily endure a long time.

By house

Specific houses need to be considered for specific elections. Many of the older rules may be adapted to other situations. It is impossible to offer detailed rules for every circumstance, so in addition to following the general rules it is suggested that you read the examples for the house that is associated with the matter in hand and adapt the rules accordingly.

First house matters The first house rules the appearance. Any matter to do with your appearance comes under the remit of this house.

Second House matters The second house is associated with matters related to finance. Elections to do with personal finances, money lent, making profits are governed by this house. Your bank account, salary and all items that you own are governed by this house.

Third house matters The third house is associated with short journeys, writing letters and passing on messages. Anything concerned with short journeys, such as cars, falls under the remit of the third house. It governs all forms of communications including telephone calls and email.

Fourth house matters The fourth house governs matters related to land, houses, the ending of any matter, gardens and gardening. Buying a home.

Fifth House matters The fifth house is related to any matters associated with pleasure - throwing a party, beginning a love affair, and gambling. Matters of entertainment, theatre, pubs are ruled by this house. Speculation in general comes under the remit of the fifth house including the stock markets.

Sixth house matters The sixth house relates to people who work for you, and elections concerned with giving people employment. All matters of service and work come under this house. It governs trade and merchandise. Additionally the sixth house governs all matters to do with health and illness.

Seventh house matters The seventh house governs all types of partnerships including marriage.

Eighth house matters The eighth house governs inheritances, and money that belongs to others. It also governs the payment of taxes. It also governs matters related to death, such as undertaking and the resources of your partner.

Ninth house matters The ninth house governs long journeys, matters of religion and higher learning. It is also associated with publishing and insurance. Baptism, as Jupiter's house.

Tenth house matters The tenth house governs your profession, gaining honour or awards and all matters of status.

Eleventh house matters The eleventh house governs attaining a wish or desire and friendship. Achieving a wish or desire, gaining a good reputation and good friendship.

Twelfth house matters The twelfth house governs imprisonment. It is associated with large institutions such as hospitals.

Planetary hours

If the planet that is the significator is also the ruler of the planetary hour the chart is strengthened. The astrological day begins at the moment of local sunrise and the night at local sunset. The time between sunrise and sunset is divided into 12 equal parts, each of which is called one planetary hour. Similarly, the time between sunset and the following sunrise is divided into twelve equal parts that give the planetary hours of the night. To do this you will need a table of sunrise and sunset for the place where the chart is set. The rulership of the hours depends on the day of the week, which are ruled by the planets as follows:-

Sunday is ruled by the Sun.

Monday is ruled by the Moon.

Tuesday is ruled by Mars.

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury.

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter.

Friday is ruled by Venus.

Saturday is ruled by Saturn.

The first planetary hour of each day (after sunrise) is ruled by the planet ruling the day itself. The succeeding hours are ruled by the planets in the following order: - Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Moon. Therefore on a Sunday the first hour after sunrise is ruled by the Sun, 2nd by Venus, 3rd by Mercury, 4th by the Moon, 5th by Saturn, 6th by Jupiter, 7th by Mars and the 8th by the Sun whereupon the cycle is repeated.

The general qualities of the hours are as follows:-

Saturn For undertakings that involve patience, endurance and perseverance as well as dealing with Saturn-ruled people, including the elderly. Good for matters to do with the land and archaeology. Unfavourable for borrowing money, taking medicine and beginning a journey. Saturn is the natural ruler of labourers, miners, plumbers and fathers. It rules deserts, pine woods, valleys, churchyards, wells, graves, dark or dirty places. In houses it is the ruler of doors and thresholds.

Jupiter Good for dealing with Jupiterian people, borrowing and lending money and seeking employment. Not good for surgery. Jupiter rules judges, councillors, ecclesiastics, clergy, lawyers and foreigners. It rules courts, altars and important public buildings.

Mars Good for dealing with doctors or dentists or other Mars ruled people. Bad for journeys. Mars rules soldiers, gunners, butchers, surgeons, metalworkers, barbers and carpenters.

Sun Good for approaching the influential or titled. Bad for courtship and marriage. Particularly bad for entering a house for the first time. The Sun rules magistrates and the father.

Venus Good for courtship and marriage and dealing with women or matters related to women. Favourable for all social activities. Good for beginning a journey and planting. But bad for surgery. Venus rules jewellery, painters, drapers, musicians, songs upholsterers and decorators. It is associated with everything used for female adornment as well as purses and cash.

Mercury Good for buying and selling, writing letters, signing documents and other Mercurial activities. Bad for marriage, good for borrowing or lending money and taking medicine. It rules all matters of communication and short journeys. It is also the ruler of tradespeople, office workers, secretaries, writers, printers, accountants, tailors and dressmakers.

Moon Good for courtship or marriage, making friends, hiring servants, advertising and opening shops. Not good for buying animals, lending money, taking medicine or making clothes. The Moon rules women and those whose work is connected with the sea or water. It also symbolises the general public. Animals that live in water are ruled by the Moon.



1. Use applying aspects only. By the time the aspects separate the elected event may be over.

2. Use the so-called "classical" aspects, conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition.

The quincunx, so important in natal interpretation because of its psychological application, seems to have much less effect in Electional Astrology.

3. The Moon is the primary consideration in electional charts. It is the fastest moving of the ten planets and often used as a timer. A difficult Moon precludes ease in accomplishing the specific happening you elect to do.

a) Therefore avoid squares from the Moon. Oppositions are less difficult than squares or quincunxes, though the first can signify antagonism from someone and the latter suggests delays as well as the need for some changes or reorganization.

b) A waxing Moon (time of growth) is always considered more advantageous than a waning one, but stay away from an exact New Moon - wait at least 12 hours until the Moon is noticeably increasing in light.

c) A Void of Course Moon rarely brings the desired results in electional horoscopes, unless you are opting for a non-occurrence, such as mailing your income tax so it will NOT be audited.

d) Many astrological calendars have daily lunar aspects, making it quite easy to find what you are looking for.

4. Except for Saturn ruled affairs (builders, printers, administration) try to keep Saturn out of the angles. Cadent houses are best, though Saturn in the 12th house should best be avoided when buying houses and land, or any similar situation where you don't want a secret happening to be revealed after you've bought the object in question.

5. It is also better to keep Uranus and at times, Mars out of the angles.

6. Choose a Rising Sign that supports the matter you are electing. (For example Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius for the publication of a book.)

7. Most electional charts benefit by having the Sun, Moon, Venus and Jupiter above the horizon .

8. I rarely use the Lunar Nodes in Electional Astrology, but according to the old rules, the North Node is considered lucky and the South Node unfavorable.

9. Cardinal Signs are best for new ventures and events that require initiative and energy. 

Fixed Signs have a lasting quality, although at times it may take longer to get results.

Mutable Signs are flexible. 

10. Remember the nature of the planets to describe areas they are best suited to

a) If you want to sell your car place Mercury in a prominent position.

b) Artistic pursuits would favor a strongly placed Venus.

c) If you wish to start a strenuous exercise program, place Mars in an angle.

d) Travel benefits from Jupiter in high focus.

e) A strong Saturn is necessary for most businesses, since it embodies both discipline and organization;

f) A well placed Uranus is superb for unique ventures as well as those which involve inventions, computers, novelties or gadgetry.

g) A 1st or 10th house Neptune may be well suited to initiate a movie script, to direct or other areas where glamour and creativity count; also endeavors involving shipping and oil.

h) The intensity of Pluto needs to be handled with care, but it can be very helpful in realms where power play is called for.

11. Despite some astrologer's predictions of doom and gloom regarding interceptions and retrogrades in horoscopes, I have never found either to really hurt or hinder anything or anyone in natal charts. At times an intercepted retrograde planet may slow the action or indicate that you look before you leap, but I in no way do I consider this detrimental. 

approach Election charts with a similar attitude and have not found intercepted signs to be weak or non-functioning as some old books want you to believe. I have a discovered that a retrograde planet does not seem to hold back or negate the Election, unless it rules the Ascendant or the house pertaining to the main subject of the Election (10th for business, 7th for marriage etc)

a) If you must choose an optimum time to sue someone, it is best not to a have a retrograde Jupiter ruling the 9th or 7th houses. Jupiter retrograde cannot always be avoided, since it retrogrades for nearly four months each year, but you can circumvent it ruling the legal houses or the Ascendant which rules you.

b) I try to stay away from retrograde Mercury periods when I have to sign a contract or buy a car, not just in an electional chart, but on general principles. Mercury is never retrograde for more than 24 days, so it is, under most circumstances, a reasonable time to wait. If the elected event cannot be postponed, keep Mercury ruled signs away from the Ascendant and those houses directly affected by the election.

c) I will avoid a retrograde Venus when choosing a time to get married or the purchase of high priced items. A retrograde Mars is not advisable when buying machinery, including a car nor should there be any cutting, in other words, avoid surgery while Mars is retrograde.

12. Do pay attention that the last aspect the Moon makes is not voided because the planet it aspects has changed sign before the Moon reached that point.

Example: The Moon at 14 Taurus applies to a trine to Mercury at 29 Capricorn, before it enters 0 Gemini. But by the time the Moon reaches 29 Taurus, (30 hours, more or less) Mercury may have moved into 0 Aquarius and thus deny the Moon that last trine. This situation can withhold the expected result of the election, so be sure to carefully check planets which may have moved into another sign. 

13. Challenged planets can be strengthened by placing them in good aspect with the angles or angle rulers, or, according to the ancients, with the Part of Fortune. For example: Mars square the Sun and quincunx Mercury, but trine the Ascendant or Ascendant ruler.

If your astrological knowledge is weak in the areas relating to each planet and house, refer to Rex Bill's Rulership Book or Michael Munkasey's Astrological Thesaurus, Book I or for a classical interpretation, Dr. J. Lee Lehman's The Book of Rulerships.

An Electional chart is the Birth Chart for whatever event you choose...a wedding or business opening or...Therefore it should reflect and benefit the event and is the primary chart you deal with.

Your natal chart, or that of your client, is secondary in importance. You should look for favorable aspects between the Electional chart and the natal chart only after you have fulfilled as many of the electional rules as possible.

Of course your natal chart will indicate significant events by progression, direction or transit, such as your wish to marry, open a new business, move or whatever the case may be.

MOST IMPORTANT: There is no perfect chart. You will always have to make some concessions along the way. 

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Align with your Higher Self and Highest Path


What is Esoteric Astrology and How to use it to Align with your Higher Self and Highest Path

Like everything else in this Universe, traditional astrology and esoteric astrology are connected.

Traditional astrology focuses on the personality or ego development which is based on your sun, moon, and rising sign.

Once we are born we create a natal chart which is a snapshot of the planets’ placements and aspects within the 12 houses that are ruled by each zodiac. Each house represents an aspect of our life and each zodiac sign reveals the archetype of that house and the planets placed in each house influences the energy depending on the aspects.

Related Post: How to Read a Natal Chart (and Discover the Soul Plan you Agreed to Before You Were Born)

Traditional astrology helps us understand the personality/ego’s relationship to these different areas of life although most of these relationships are based on indoctrination.

Once one has a spiritual awakening and realizes that they are more than just their personality/ego but a spiritual being having a temporary human experience then one can use traditional astrology to understand and integrate the personality/ego to be a tool for its higher self-expression.

Now that one’s interest has shifted from living for the personality/ego to a life guided by its higher self/soul then one can utilize esoteric astrology. 

Traditional astrology focuses on how the outer reality affects the personality/ego whereas esoteric astrology focuses on how the higher self/soul affects the outer reality.

Esoteric astrology is similar to traditional astrology in that it utilizes the zodiac signshouses, and planets however the difference lies in the interpretations.


Esoteric astrology focuses on the soul’s development which is revealed through a higher understanding of the sun, moon, and rising sign.

In esoteric astrology, your ascendent sign represents what your soul’s intention is for this incarnation whereas your sun and moon sign represents how the soul or higher self will fulfill that intention.

Esoteric astrology believes that the purpose of the sun and moon sign (personality/ego) is to be a conduit for the ascendant sign (soul/higher self).

In esoteric astrology, the natal chart can be seen as a person’s soul plan revealing their soul purpose and their soul lessons depending on the placements of the zodiac signs and planets in the houses as well as their aspects.

This blog post was written to introduce you to esoteric astrology. The vastness of esoteric astrology cannot be explained in a single blog post. If you desire to learn more about esoteric astrology I encourage you to check out the following books:

as well as my other blog post:

esoteric astrology, spiritual awakening, higher consciousness

How can esoteric astrology help me align with my higher self and highest path?

I believe that esoteric astrology is a wonderful tool for those who have had a spiritual awakening and would like guidance on what their soul purpose is and how to manifest their soul purpose into a life purpose.

Related: What is a Soul Purpose and How Do Your Discover it

Your natal chart is essentially an overview of the soul plan you co-create with your spirit guides and angels before you incarnated on Earth that contains your soul purpose as well as your soul lessons.

Esoteric Astrology and Human Development


Everything in the physical world have developed in accordance with the planets of the Solar System, and the field of the Sun, the Zodiac, as their corresponding powers were the ruling force behind the development up through the history of the solar system. I try to show the connection between astrology, esotericism and the physical world within various areas.

Astrology stand in many ways isolated from the esoteric and spiritual traditions, here I try to show its connection to the religious and esoteric traditions. Steiner have told about astrology from a number of different views, like the World Outlooks, the Calendar of the Soul, the Senses and the Animal Development and I use this as the central point from where I connect other spiritual and religious traditions.


Saturday, 12 September 2020

Revised Rulership in Astrology


1. From homeopathy to astrology

I’m a medical doctor and classical homeopath since almost forty years and although I do not practice astrology professionally I have been interested very young, since I was reading my first book at the age of 13.

In 2000, I (with my wife Bernadette) conducted intensive researches connecting enneagram and homeopathy in order to improve homeopathic remedies diagnosis.

The Enneagram is a system of reading the personality in nine types. However, the global structure of the Enneagram was quite thin at that time, in any case too limited to be able to help me in my homeopathic practice.



I had to deepen the knowledge and as the Enneagram is not a “traditional” science as is astrology, it was necessary to somehow fend for oneself.

My method has been to compare Enneagram to other traditional sciences such as traditional Chinese, Indian and Tibetan medicine and many others traditions like astrology and also modern typologies like Jung’s.

These comparisons have enabled us to illuminate the enneagram and give it a new consistency allowing it to be applied in my homeopathic medical practice.

So in front of each patient I currently use the revised Enneagram to carry a diagnosis of constitution (1 to 9). For each constitution, I discovered certain categories of homeopathic remedies. This allowed me to increase my results in impressive proportions (validating my research retrospectively). The more my knowledge of enneagram types grow, the better the therapeutic outcomes are.

I have recently come to deepen the astrological symbolism into the enneagram. This brought me to review the astrological model in full. It is this research that I propose you to discover here.

In approaching the astrological system, we have two great choices: to adopt the Hellenistic system remaining with the 7 traditional planets or the modern system that integrates Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, bringing the system to 10 planets. As I am a researcher by passion it would have been impossible for me to ignore the three trans saturnian planets.

However, 10 planets for 12 signs is quite odd on a symbolical level. Moreover, the attribution of the new zodiacal rulerships did not respect in my opinion the inner logic of the Hellenistic system, which increases my dissatisfaction, but also stimulated my research and scientific streak.

The discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto aroused a breath of creative air among astrologers, and the zodiacal rulerships attributions were quickly debated. The main attributions were :  Uranus in Aquarius, Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Scorpio. If the first two were unanimously accepted, Pluto’s rulership is always debated mainly between Scorpio and Aries, and we will see why.

What I propose in this article is:

  • An attempt to (re) place the trans saturnian planets in the signs, in a new perspective that respects the rationale of the initial Hellenistic model.
  • A proposition of adding two more planets bringing the new system to 12 planets.


2. The traditional system of planetary rulership

Traditionally in Hellenistic astrology each of the 7 traditional planets have rulerships on some zodiac signs, this is called the domiciliation system.

The Zodiac cycle


In the zodiacal cycle, the signs alternate by so-called positive and negative polarities that one goes in this article for sake of clarity naming Yang and Yin. Indeed, the words “positive “and “negative” too often evoke in our mind the good and the bad.

Yang signs have characteristics specific to light, activity, dynamism or heat. Yin signs have characteristics peculiar to night, rest, passivity or cold.

The Chaldean Order

The Chaldeans had established a system of logical control by establishing a horizontal symmetry determining six bands:

  1. Cancer-Leo
  2. Gemini-Virgo
  3. Taurus-Libra
  4. Aries – Scorpio
  5. Pisces-Sagittarius
  6. Aquarius-Capricorn

In this perspective, they assigned to the first band the two luminaries, the Yang Leo sign for the sun and the Yin Cancer sign for the moon.

Then from the fastest to the slowest planet each governs a band: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

One will notice that each planet  rules a positive/Yang and negative/Yin sign (beside the sun and the moon).



Hellenistic astrologers said that a planet was in diurnal rulership in a Yang (positive) sign and nocturnal rulership in a Yin (negative) sign. This means that according to the polarity of the sign, the planet acquires a daytime or nocturnal quality. Thus, Mercury in diurnal rulership in Gemini is an extroverted Mercury whose thought borrows ideas to a very large extent in the outside, i.e. transmitted by tradition, education and instruction and its interest is more particularly focused towards concrete objects and the success of its objectives.

While in the nocturnal rulership in Virgo there is a more introverted Mercury whose thought arises from the subjective background. It seeks to deepen and not to widen. But the expression of his ideas and their confrontation with each other can be a source of anxiety. His style is heavier with doubts and scruples.

So we see that the double rulership of each planet in yin and yang signs allows a very interesting and meaningful characterization.

The double rulership


As this double rulership is the fundamental point to integrate to understand where it is going next, we need to deepen it a little.

When the sign is Yang this means that it has predominantly qualities of light, expansion, action, movement, heat, and extraversion. When it is Yin it has predominantly qualities of darkness, contraction, passivity, immobility, coldness, introversion.

However, according to the universal principle of the Tao, nothing exists by itself and everything manifests solely in dependence on its opposite, so the light exists only in relation to the shadow. So the Yang quality of a sign exists only in dependence of its Yin quality. In other words, each sign has Yin qualities and Yang qualities.

However, in the Yang sign the Yang aspect is predominant and conscious (persona) and the Yin aspect is less present and repressed in the unconscious (the shadow). Conversely for the Yin sign.

Persona is what we see, the apparent part of our being, what we show socially to others and that we also show ourselves to oneself, as the King reigns in his castle. However, in the shallows of the castle there are prisoners in the jails. And this represents all our parts in suffering that are repressed in what we can call our shadow. That’s the unconscious part of the sign.

To remember: in a sign, when the conscious is Yin, the unconscious is Yang, and vice versa.


In the example shown on the drawing:

  1. In the positive sign of Aquarius, Saturn is the diurnal ruler, it reigns over the conscious Yang/extrovert part of the sign.
  2. In the negative sign of Capricorn, Saturn is the nocturnal ruler, it reigns over the unconscious Yang/extrovert part of the sign.

We see that in both cases Saturn (which is a visible planet therefore Yang) presents an affinity for the Yang part of the sign: the conscious for Aquarius and the unconscious for Capricorn.

This means in this case that the diurnal Saturn of Aquarius has a concrete common sense (Saturn) that it puts at the service of an ideal (air sign) transmitted by a culture or tradition (extraversion).

Capricorn’s nocturnal Saturn is pushed back into the unconscious, which means it is active in another way. The common sense of the repressed Saturn becomes fixed ideas. As Capricorn is Yin/introverted, the unconscious is extroverted, meaning that the relationship to the object becomes a source of anxiety (instead in the case of Aquarius to be a positive source of investment).  As Capricorn is a sign of Earth the orientation of the subject is centered on material and concrete objects.

To synthesize, Capricorn’s nocturnal Saturn has a tendency towards fixed ideas and obsessions with external and concrete elements (e.g. an obsession of lacking money money).



Understanding dual domicile

How to understand this duality, what does it mean?

” Mars which has its diurnal home in Aries and its nocturnal home in Scorpio is for the Mars of Scorpio a Mars of resistance, a Mars of reaction, and for the Mars of Aries, a Mars of action.” (Jean Carteret, Dignities and Debility). So in Aries, Mars is visible. In Scorpio, Mars is repressed.  The individual Aries is identified with the archetype Mars an active and superficial energy that quickly depletes, the individual Scorpio presents a pent-up aggressiveness that manifests itself in a devious and indirect way.

This double rulership of a planet represents the foundation of the theory of rulership in Astrology.

What the Ancients did not know was that there were planets beyond Saturn.

That’s what we’re going to see.

3. The new planetary rulerships


With the arrival of the trans Saturnian planets (1781 Uranus, 1846 Neptune, 1930 Pluto), modern astrologers faced a challenge: to define new zodiacal rulerships.

Overall what can be said is that these attributions were not a long quiet river and that the opinions diverged for long enough to finally stabilize for Uranus and Neptune (although some are not convinced for Uranus) but on the other hand the opinions for Pluto remain divergent.

Astrologers apparently had two arguments for placing Uranus in Aquarius. On the one hand, this (seems to) follow a logical order, that of Chaldean domiciles.

A British astrologer (Sepharial 1864 – 1929) was the first astrologer known to have “assigned” Uranus to Aquarius and Neptune to Pisces. His reasoning was as follows: “If we look at the planets, in the Chaldean order, mercury governs Virgo, then Venus Libra, Mars Scorpio, Jupiter Sagittarius and Saturn Capricorn. The next planet if we follow this order must be Uranus in Aquarius and Neptune in Pisces.”

This reasoning, moreover, could just as well be applied counterclockwise, which would put Uranus in Capricorn, Neptune in Sagittarius and Pluto in Scorpio.

On the other hand, the social (revolutionary) context that coincided with the discovery of Uranus was inclined to associate it with Aquarius.

It made sense for Neptune to be assigned Pisces, and there was a broad consensus among astrologers.

When Pluto was discovered, there were lively debates that remained unfinished between Scorpio and Aries.

In 1897 a French astrologer Fomalhaut (Father Charles Nicoullaud )in his “Manual of Spherical and Judicial Astrology” attributed Uranus to Capricorn, Saturn to Aquarius, Neptune to Pisces, Jupiter to Sagittarius. He had a prophetic word: “The planet beyond Neptune exists, it is called Pluto….” which he attributed to Aries letting Mars in Scorpio.

  1. E. Thierens, a Dutch astrologer in 1911, spoke of a hypothetical planet that he recognized as Pluto that he assigned to Aries.

In the Veil Of Isis No. 73, January 1926, the famous Eugene Caslant (still a Frenchman) wrote an article “hypothetical planets” in which he announced Pluto and Proserpine without mentioning domiciles. But in the Astrological Almanac, in 1932 P. Genty said: “Uranus is in good celestial condition in the signs of Air, Neptune in the signs of Water, Pluto in the signs of Fire, and Proserpine in the signs of Earth. As for the rulership, Caslant gives them respectively the second half of Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, and Taurus….”. Again Pluto is attributed to Aries and we see that Proserpine is in Taurus.

Llewellyn George in 1930 in his book “How Planets Affect You” gives mythological reasons for attributing Pluto to the Scorpio; Idem the same year, for Frederick Thoresby in “Modern Astrology” magazine and in 1931 for Mabel Baudot (Astrologers’ Quarterly, Vol. V No. 3).

The majority of modern astrologers eventually opted for the Scorpio, but some did keep Aries (for example: Carl Payne Tobey, one of the most influential astrologers in America from 1930 to 1970).

Let us return to the famous logic that attributed Uranus to Aquarius, Neptune to Pisces and Pluto to Scorpio.

It seems that at the time of this discovery the astrologers did not make great case of the theory of the double domicile. Indeed, the logic was rather to assign a single rulership to a sign and gradually abandon the second rulership. Little is said today about the rulership of Mars for the Scorpio, Jupiter for Pisces and Saturn for Aquarius. The general tendency has therefore shifted towards the rulership of a single sign by a single planet without specifying whether it should be his diurnal or nocturnal domicile.

However there are two logical fallacies.

  • The first concerns the Chaldean order and this is the argument put forward by the followers of Pluto in Aries. If we consider that Uranus is indeed ruler of Aquarius and Neptune of Pisces, then necessarily Pluto should be ruler of Aries. If we agree that Pluto is indeed ruler of the Scorpio, then necessarily we must review the mastery of Neptune and/or Saturn.
  • Second : if we take into account the diurnal and nocturnal aspect of the domiciles, we see that Jupiter is let ruler in Sagittarius (his diurnal domicile), Mars in Aries (his diurnal domicile), but Saturn remains ruler in Capricorn his nocturnal home. Again the logic would have wanted to keep either the diurnal or nocturnal domicile for all these three planets and in this case either to leave Saturn in Aquarius, or if Saturn is declared in Capricorn, to leave Jupiter in Pisces and Mars in Scorpio.

So we have a dilemma!


Double rulership of slow planets


If we consider the double rulership as a foundation of the system of domicile in Astrology, it follows that the trans Saturnian planets must necessarily also have a double rulership.

We will see that this allows us to get out of the dilemma.

We propose to still keep the domiciles as bequeathed by the Ancients: for the diurnal domicile Mercury in Gemini, Venus in Libra, Mars in Aries, Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Aquarius. For nocturnal domiciles we have Mercury in Virgo, Venus in Taurus, Mars in Scorpio, Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn.

And we’ll see how to assign a double rulership quite logically and meaningfully to slow planets.


Let’s first look at the geometric aspect

In this representation of the visible planets we observe:

  1. A zigzag line that connects the Yang Signs in the sequence: Lion – Gemini – Libra – Aries – Sagittarius – Aquarius determining the diurnal domiciles.
  2. A zigzag line that connects the Yin signs in the sequence Cancer -Virgin – Taurus – Scorpio – Pisces – Capricorn sequences determining nocturnal domiciles.

If we keep the Ptolemaic logic (Mercury – Venus – Mars – Jupiter – Saturn), we will add in order: Uranus – Neptune – Pluto – Proserpine/Haumea – Bacchus/Makemake (we have added to the system the two dwarf planets Haumea and Makemake that we have renamed Proserpine and Bacchus, see end note).

Since we were in an upward direction for the visible planets, let us continue with the invisible planets in a descending direction and we see that the nocturnal domiciles of the visible planets become the diurnal domiciles of the invisible planets and vice versa.

For diurnal domiciles, after Saturn in Aquarius, we find Uranus in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, Pluto in Scorpio, Proserpine/Haumea in Taurus and Bacchus/Makemake in Virgo.

For nocturnal domiciles, after Saturn in Capricorn, we find Uranus in Aquarius, Neptune in Sagittarius, Pluto in Aries, Proserpine/Haumea in Libra and Bacchus/Makemake in Gemini.

So our results unveil  a system that integrates what modern astrologers had already discovered: Uranus in Aquarius, Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Scorpio, but we bring the precision of diurnal and nocturnal domiciles.

So we don’t change anything, we just complete the pieces of the puzzle!


Thus, Aquarius remains the diurnal domicile of Saturn added by Uranus as its nocturnal ruler, Pisces remains the nocturnal domicile of Jupiter, added by Neptune as his diurnal ruler and Capricorn remains the nocturnal domicile of Saturn added by Uranus as his diurnal ruler.


Now let’s see the meaning.

What do we notice in this new rulership proposal?

Slow (invisible) planets take their diurnal rulerships not in yang signs but in Yin signs. Thus Uranus acquires a diurnal rulership in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, Pluto in Scorpio, Proserpine (Haumea) in Taurus and Bacchus (Makemake) in Virgo.

As there is a reversal of meaning (we go from the visible to the invisible), it makes sense that these planets have a diurnal rulership in Yin signs. The Yin is what is invisible or not yet visible, and the trans Saturnian planets govern the invisible. In this sense diurnal rulership means the sign where the power and strength of the planet is magnified. Pluto is magnified in Scorpio and restricted in Aries. It is therefore said that Pluto’s diurnal rulership is Scorpio, and its nocturnal rulership Aries.

End of Part 1.

In Part 2 we will analyze the dialectic Capricorn/Aquarius and Uranus/Saturn by integrating the meaning of new domiciles. In particular, we will return to the symbolism of Uranus from a pure mythological angle. Then we will talk briefly about the two dwarf planets we added (Haumea and Makemake) and the overall logic of the new system.