Woman Asks: Will I Marry This Man?

Jan 13, 2010 | Posted in Articles

Woman asks: Will I marry this man?

(It could also be, Man asks: Will I marry this woman? Woman asks: Will I marry this woman? or Man asks: Will I marry this man?)

If this, or any horary question, is asked, the chart should be set for the moment the question was asked from the location the person was at when they asked the question. This should include the time of the question, the date of the question and the city where the person was located when the question was asked. This is the basis of all my horary charts to answer all the horary questions I receive.

With all my horary charts, I set them with Tropical Geocentric Planets, Placidus Houses, the Moon’s Mean Nodes, Uranus and Saturn to rule Aquarius, Neptune and Jupiter to rule Pisces and Pluto and Mars to rule Scorpio. (See #1) The 1st House always rules the person who poses the question.

In any chart set for a question about possibly marrying someone, the 1st House rules the person posing the question. So does the sign on the 1st cusp, the planet or planets ruling the sign on the 1st cusp, any planets in the 1st House as well as the Moon, the co-ruler of everything. (See #9)

Any other sign that also occupies the 1st House, but is not on the 1st cusp does not rule the one who posed the question. An example would be if 25 degrees of Virgo were on the 1st cusp, from most locations, Libra would occupy most of the 1st House, but Libra and Venus would not rule the person who posed the question.

Any intercepted sign in the 1st House does not rule the one who posed the question. The intercepted sign indicates interference, especially if planets occupy the intercepted sign. The interference is coming from where the ruler or rulers of the intercepted sign are located. Interceptions do not prevent, they cause interference that may or may not need to be overcome.

The 7th House rules anyone the querent asks about marrying. So does the sign on the 7th cusp, the planet or planets ruling the sign on the 7th cusp, any planets in the 7th House as well as the Moon, the co-ruler of everything. (See #9)

Even if the one asked about can be designated to another house, any possibility of marriage will be shown primarily through the 7th House. Examples of people designated to another house might be, “Will I marry my boss, (10th House), neighbor, (3rd House), lover, (5th House), that stranger, (9th House)”. (See #2)

A marriage cannot take place if none of the rulers of the 1st House are in any major aspect to any of the rulers of the 7th House. If there is a major aspect, and marriage is indicated, the aspect will describe the marriage. Only minor aspects between the rulers of the 1st and 7th House indicate a minor or transitory relationship. If the ruler of the 1st or 7th House is squared by another planet, especially a malefic, someone else will try to prevent the marriage.

The major aspects are the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition, parallel of declination, and the contra-parallel of declination. (See #3)

If none of the rulers of the 1st House are in aspect to any of the rulers of the 7th House but one of the rulers of the 1st is in a major aspect to the Moon, a marriage is possible because the Moon then co-rules the 7th House.

The orb is 8 degrees for all but the parallels, which are 1 degree. The 8-degree orb can be more than 8 degrees or less than 8 degrees depending on the strength or weakness of the planet. Planets dignified are stronger because they are more in control. Planets exalted are stronger because they have help through good connections.

Planets can be dignified by sign, house, or by being angular. Planets can be exalted by sign or by house. Planets can be dignified or exalted by house if they occupy a house with the sign that dignifies or exalts them on the cusp of that house. An example would be Mercury in the 2nd House in Cancer with Gemini on the 2nd cusp. Mercury would be dignified by house. (See #4 and #7)

The orb can be lengthened if the two planets are mutually applying to an aspect. Both parties want the aspect to work. One has to be retrograde and the other has to be direct.

A planet peregrine is weak and needs a closer orb to work with another planet. A peregrine planet is a planet that has no standing by sign and house. It is rare for a planet to be peregrine, for example Venus cannot be peregrine in any air sign or earth sign because Venus rules an air sign and an earth sign. Venus cannot be peregrine in any angular house. No planet can be peregrine in its fall or detriment. Peregrine planets can describe a person that can be manipulated or taken advantage of. (See #5)

A planet in its fall or detriment is not necessarily weak and could succeed by hook or crook. Planets in their detriment feel out of place. Planets in their fall are, or feel they are, persona non grata. (See #6)

The orb has to be shorter if both planets are mutually separating from an aspect. One has to be retrograde and the other has to be direct. Neither wants the aspect to work. Planets also require a shorter orb in cadent houses, the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th. (See #8)

Aspects tend to be promises, but out of sign aspects tend to be broken promises. An example of an out of sign aspect would be Venus in 27® Capricorn and Mars in 2® Gemini. They are trine, with a 5 degree orb, but from signs that are not trine.

Mars in 2® Gemini and Venus in 27® Capricorn have certain significance. Planets in 0®, 1®, and 2® tend to have a premature nature about them. For example Mars in 2® Gemini may indicate someone who is not yet ready to marry anyone. Planets in 27®, 28®, and 29® may indicate something that is too late to take place. For example Venus in 27® Capricorn may indicate someone who is already married or firmly committed to marry someone else. This astrologer has seen 2®, usually in late minutes, work, as well as any “mature” degree and these degrees, in conjunction with the querent’s natal chart could invalidate this rule of too-early or too-late degrees. More often they help explain, or confirm a positive or negative answer to a horary question. 28® tend to carry a degree of regret to it. The querent may think “If only…” concerning some matter that the planet in 28® rules.

The aspect that gives the easiest chance of marriage is a trine; then the conjunction and the parallel of declination. Next the sextile, but the sextile could indicate a marriage-like relationship but without legal commitment. This is also true if one of the aspected planets is in Aquarius, the Aquarius decanate of Gemini or Libra or is in the 11th House or conjunct Uranus or if the Moon was last over or next over Uranus. The relationship could also simply end up being a friendship. A lot of Aquarius/Uranus influence in the chart could indicate an uncommitted relationship, no matter what the aspect. If any actual marriage is to take place, the 9th House, Jupiter and/or Sagittarius have to actively play a part in the reading of the horary question.

The aspect that tends to make marriage possible but difficult to achieve is the opposition or square. The opposition is difficult because of the distance between the two parties, either in actuality or figuratively. The problems to overcome before marriage can happen are usually obvious and evident to both parties. Squares require adjustments by both parties and considerable work and obstacles to overcome. Anyone of the planets in question in Libra, the Libra decanate of Aquarius or Gemini or in the 7th House or conjunct Venus or if the Moon was last over or next over Venus helps to assure marriage in spite of the difficult aspect between them and makes marriage more likely with an easy aspect between them.

Marriages that take place and are shown by an opposition or contra-parallel of declination may likely not last. This is also true if Uranus is in the 7th or 10th House. The same is also likely if Gemini or Sagittarius is rising. If Uranus is retrograde, in those houses, separations and reconciliations happen during the marriage before it ends in divorce.

If one of the planets in aspect that promise a marriage is in its fall or detriment, it will cause problems in the marriage. Difficulties will have to do with the aspect between the rulers of the 1st and 7th and the planet in its fall or detriment. An example might be Venus in Libra conjunct Mars in Libra. Mars will feel uncomfortable and out of place in Marriage and will find it difficult, if not impossible, to adjust to being married. Venus in Pisces trine Mars in Cancer will exalt Venus in the marriage but Venus will be married to a Mars, in his fall; a Mars who is mean and possibly violent and or have or will acquire a bad reputation. (See #6)

If a marriage is indicated and the Moon’s last major, while in the sign she occupies is good to a direct planet, the marriage will end well and some how as it should. If the planet is retrograde, the end will have some sort of twist. If the Moon’s last major aspect is a square the marriage will require much effort to maintain and divorce will seem to be an easy way out. If the square is to a retrograde malefic the marriage will be regretted. If the Moon’s last aspect is an opposition or contra-parallel of declination, the marriage ending in divorce is likely. If the Moon’s last major aspect while in the sign she occupies is a conjunction or square to Saturn the marriage may last too long, possibly due to the feeling of heavy obligation.

Marriage cannot take place without help if the Moon is in Scorpio and in a cadent house.
This could be help to meet the one to marry, help to talk him or her into marriage or help in countless other ways.

Combinations of good and difficult aspects tend to make for a more interesting and possibly more likely lasting marriage.

Fixed signs on all the angles tend to make for a strong lasting marriage if marriage is indicated.

Conjunctions can be iffy to describe the quality of a marriage. The quality has a lot to do with the sign and the standings the planets have in the sign.

Sextiles tend to make for marriages where the partners are also friends or there relationship tends to have similarities to those of siblings. Usually there is good communication between them. (See #10)

Squares can be very interesting and volatile and will require the solution of some major obstacles. A lasting marriage will be one with a lot of energy.

Trines tend to be the easiest of marriages, but if divorce is indicated this could be the kind of marriage where one partner asks for a divorce that seems to come from out of the blue. The one who wants a divorce may say “We’ve been married for 30 years and I just want something more exciting”.

Oppositions require never-ending work to maintain the marriage, but a marriage that is interesting and where each party compliments the other in different ways. This will almost never be an easy marriage to maintain.

The parallel of declination is very similar to the conjunction but it tends to be more positive in nature. This aspect is an aspect that can make for successful marriages that most believed would not last. This is an aspect that can take place with a conjunction, sextile, square, trine, or opposition and the aspects together can make for a much stronger marriage. Both planets have to be within 1 in north declination or both in south declination within 1 to be parallel.

The contra-parallel has all the aspects similar to the parallel of declination but tends to not be lasting so that the marriage ending in divorce is more likely, especially with other confirmation. Both planets have to be within 1, one in north declination and the other south declination to be contra-parallel.

This astrologer completely understands that the 7th House should always be the primary consideration in a question about marriage, but in questions about same sex marriages or same sex marriage-like relationships the 8th House should also be considered to get additional information to help understand the relationship. This is because of the quincunx aspect between the 1st House and 8th House. I also believe that if and when same sex relationships become commonplace worldwide the use of the 8th House to describe same sex relationships will work less and less.

#1: Dual Rulerships

When I was 24 and I was well on my way to becoming an astrologer, well…at least well on my way to becoming a serious student of astrology. I had a friend name Russell Bloodgood. We were the same age only he was a Capricorn with his Moon in Aquarius. He was also a student of astrology and as our friendship grew he had me convinced that Mrs. Jacobson was old school. According to Russell Saturn no longer rules Aquarius, only Uranus does. Jupiter no longer rules Pisces, only Neptune does. Mars no longer rules Scorpio, only Pluto does. I don’t remember how long it took me, but it was at least a few years when I learned that my friend was completely wrong. By that time I had lost all contact with Russell. He had visited India before I met him. After that he was obsessed to return. He did return and that’s when I lost all contact with him. I’ve never seen or heard from him again.

I can tell you with no hesitation, that Saturn and Uranus rule Aquarius. Jupiter and Neptune rule Pisces. Mars and Pluto rule Scorpio. When I came to understand that, I then surmised that the three new planets were the primary rulers of those signs and the original rulers were the secondary rulers. In time, I learned that too was wrong. There is no primary ruler of those three signs. They both rule equally; but with every horary chart there is a primary ruler. That primary ruler has to be ascertained with every chart. I can tell you this: think of the three new planets as new comers. If a question is asked about two business partners and a dual ruled sign is on the 7th cusp and one of the partners is new in the field, that partner is ruled by the new planet.

When you need to know, the following are some of the ways you can determine which ruler is the primary one: In a horary chart, if one aspects one or more of your rulers and the other does not, take the one that aspects one or more of your rulers. If one is direct and the other is retrograde, take the direct one. If one is angular and one is not, take the angular one. If one is in a Cadent House and the other is in a Succeedent House, take the one in a Succeedent House. If one is well placed and the other is not, take the one that is well placed. The one highest elevated has preference. If in a horary chart, one planet has a predominance of these rules, you can feel secure that that planet is the primary ruler of Aquarius, Pisces, or Scorpio.

In a natal chart it is not necessary to determine a primary ruler. As the dual rulerships make and receive aspects by progression, they operate equally, but only to fulfill promises made in the natal chart.

#2: The 7th House

I met Ivy M. Goldstein-Jacobson when I was in my early 20’s. I loved and respected her very much, but for the first 6 years of our relationship I had no idea of her position in the astrological community; I simply thought of her as a nice old lady who was an astrologer. When I understood enough about astrology and horary astrology, Mrs. Jacobson made a number of statements about the 7th House that I found hard to accept. Now that I’m in my 60’s, I’ve had almost 40 years to understand that she was correct and knew what she was talking about. I’m going to share some of that information in hopes that you accept it easier and faster than I did.

No matter what house rules any person you ask about, you will never be wrong by using the 7th House. I’ll probably never forget something she quoted to me many times in the first years of you relationship: “You may be better off by using another house to rule someone asked about, but you’ll ever be wrong by using the 7th House.” Whether it is natal or horary astrology; you only relate to people through your 7th House. This is why you can use the 7th House to represent anyone asked about in a horary chart. You may be better off by using the actual house that rules the person asked about, but too often what house to use is not completely clear. Let’s say you suspect a neighbor of mischievous behavior towards you and your property. Your suspicions are a 13-year-old teenager. The children 5th House could rule him. The secret enemy 12th House could rule him. The neighbor 3rd House could rule him. If you’re not acquainted with him, the stranger 9th House could rule him. This is a clear time to simply consider the 7th House to rule the one asked about. Personally, I would still look at all the houses in question, but the 7th House would be my primary house. Even when there is a completely clear house to use I still look at the 7th House. If as an astrologer, you had a question from a client about the client’s mother you could be completely secure by using the 10th House for the Mother. If you believe otherwise, and accept that the 4th House instead of the 10th to rule the mother, then use the 4th House, but regardless, it would be to your advantage to also consider the 7th House.

The 7th House is a very important house for a countless number of reasons; all the angular houses are very important, but the 7th House is special for many reasons; here’s another reason. The 1st House rules the status quo. The 7th House rules anything that upsets the status quo. Think of the 1st House as “HERE”, and the 7th House as “THERE”. If you remember this you’ll always have a good house to consider for confirmation. Here’s an example: A client asks is she should take the promotion offered to her. She poses the question because she’s concerned with the extra work and responsibility that comes with the promotion. In examining the 10th House that rule the career and promotions, you see that her concerns will be realized. In looking at the 7th House that rules “THERE” and changing her “STATUS QUO”, you see Saturn in the dark side of the 7th House, (in Virgo, with Leo on the 7th cusp) and that Saturn is square the Moon, the woman’s co-ruler, confirming that if she goes there, her work and responsibilities will be overwhelming. We professional astrologers do not agree on all the rules, but arguably, I believe the only house that is more important than the 7th House is the 1st House.

#3: The Major Aspects

The major aspects two or more planets can have are the conjunction, together, the sextile, 60 degrees apart, the square, 90 degrees apart, the trine, 120 degrees apart, the opposition, 180 degrees apart, the parallel of declination, in the same degree and the same direction, north or south of declination and the contra-parallel of declination, the same degree but opposite in direction of declination. I have found that the semi-sextile, 30 degrees apart, is a minor aspect, but becomes major and a very positive aspect in questions about missing possessions. An orb is the leeway you can allow planets in aspect, to still respond to that aspect. The orb, or leeway, you should allow the semi-sextile is 2 degrees. For the parallel or contra-parallel of declination you should allow a 1-degree orb. For the rest of the major aspects I allow an 8-degree orb, but there are conditions when you should narrow that orb or lengthen it.

If the luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, are involved, in general you can lengthen the orb, especially if the faster planet applies to the slower planet. If both planets are in angular houses, the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th, you can lengthen the orb. If both planets are in cadent houses, the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th, you might consider shortening the orb. If two planets are in aspect, but separating from the aspect, you might consider shortening the orb.

There are times when two planets are in orb, but one enjoys the aspect more than the other. When two planets are trine, this is a positive aspect; but if one planet is well placed by sign and/or house, while the other planet is ill placed by sign and/or house, the one well placed benefits more from the other planet. When two planets are square, this tends to be a negative aspect, and one planet is ill placed by sign and/or house and the other planet is not. The ill placed planet can be especially difficult for the other planet. This is especially true if the planet is Saturn or Mars in its fall by sign, lesser by house.

When two planets are in aspect but one is retrograde, they are either mutually applying to an aspect or mutually separating from an aspect. If they are mutually applying to an aspect, you can lengthen the orb. If they are mutually separating from the aspect, you should shorten the orb.

Two planets that are well placed and in difficult, but wide, aspect to each other can avoid the difficulty if they wish. Two planets ill placed and in difficult, but wide, aspect to each other likely can’t. Each of these conditions is described separately but sometimes more than one condition is involved and when they are, the orb should be adjusted accordingly. I believe understanding aspects and orbs is the single best skill a student of astrology can acquire that will lead him or her to becoming an excellent astrologer.


Planetary Standing by Sign, then by House

The SunLeoAquariusAriesLibra
The MoonCancerCapricornTaurusScorpio
Mercury Gemini/VirgoSagittarius/PiscesVirgoPisces
The SunThe 5th HouseThe 11th HouseThe 1st HouseThe 7th House
The MoonThe 4th HouseThe 10th HouseThe 2nd HouseThe 8th House
MercuryThe 3rd & 6th HousesThe 9th &12th HousesThe 6th HouseThe 12th House
VenusThe 2nd & 7th HousesThe 8th & 1st HousesThe 12th HouseThe 6th House
MarsThe 1st & 8th HousesThe 7th and 2nd HousesThe 10th HouseThe 4th House
JupiterThe 9th & 12th HousesThe 3rd & 6th HousesThe 4th HouseThe 10th House
SaturnThe 10th & 11th HousesThe 5th and 4th HousesThe 7th HouseThe 1st House
UranusThe 11th HouseThe 5th HouseThe 8th HouseThe 2nd House
NeptuneThe 12th HouseThe 6th HouseThe 3rd HouseThe 9th House
PlutoThe 8th HouseThe 2nd HouseThe 11th HouseThe 5th House

Any planet in an angular house, the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th, is dignified. The term is called “accidentally dignified”. This gives a planet dignity, even if it is also in its fall or detriment by sign and/or house. For example Mars in Cancer in the 7th House is in its fall by sign, and in its detriment and accidentally dignified by house. This might describe a violent husband who feels very insecure in his marriage, yet has a degree of dignity by his wife. Every standing applies, they do not cancel each other out. For example Saturn in Cancer in the 10th House is in his detriment by sign, dignified and accidentally dignified by House. This could be the founder of a company that has returned and feels no longer qualified and out of place, yet is greatly respected and always treated with dignity.

#5: Peregrine Planets

A planet peregrine is wandering aimlessly. If that planet represents a person, that person has no direction; he doesn’t know what to do and he may be easily taken advantage of. If the ruler of the 1st is peregrine, this should be a warning. An example would be if the ruler of the 1st is peregrine in Libra; the person who posed the question (the querent) my not have an ability to succeed through relating to others. The Moon in an angle, or the 2nd or 8th House in Gemini may allow the querent to succeed through communication, information, and/or short trips that allow for coming-and-going.

No planet in its detriment or fall can be considered peregrine. No planet angular can be considered peregrine. No planet in its own element can be considered peregrine. No planet in a house it naturally rules can be considered peregrine. No planet can be considered peregrine in any house if that planet rules the cusp of that house. For example the Sun in the 6th House in Virgo with Leo on the 6th cusp is not peregrine.

A planet totally peregrine is rare. The Sun in the 3rd House in Cancer is totally peregrine. Venus in the 9th House in Cancer is totally peregrine. Venus in the 11th House in Cancer is peregrine, but gains some standing because an air sign naturally rules the 11th House and Venus rules an air sign. This gives Venus some standing, and a minor advantage. I used Cancer in these three examples. This was not meant to make you think that Cancer has any advantage in making planets peregrine. It doesn’t.

#6: Planets In Their Fall Or Detriment

Planets in their fall or detriment have planetary standing, but that standing is not a favorable standing. Those planets can never be considered peregrine, wandering aimlessly. When planets represent people, if the planet is a benefic, that benefic may very likely be in a position where the person feels they’re at a disadvantage. If that planet is in its detriment the feeling is that of being out of place, unqualified, or in enemy territory. If that planet is in its fall the feeling is that of being persona non grata, something to be ashamed of, of being unwanted, disliked with no ability to ask and successfully receive any favors.

If the planet is a malefic that planet may very likely be a difficult person to deal with. If that planet is in its detriment, that planet is out of place, unqualified and could do harm. He may be where he’s unwelcome, whether he knows it or not. Any of the things he feels can easily make him react in a problematic way to hide that he feels out of place and unqualified. The planet may have gone there to cause a problem.

If that planet is in its fall the planet can be very mean, especially Saturn in Aries or Mars in Cancer. This may be a person that is persona non grata, someone to be ashamed of, someone unwanted, disliked with no clout in the matter at hand. This may be someone who should be, has, or will be exiled.

The ruler of the sign any planet occupies is called the dispositor of that planet. The dispositor has a degree of control over the planet that occupies its sign. Any planet in their fall or detriment is at a disadvantage, especially to its dispositor. If the dispositor is in good aspect to the planet in its fall or detriment, the dispositor will not press their advantage.

#7: Planets Dignified Or Exalted

Any planet in its own sign is dignified. This is probably the most comfortable place for a planet. This is a well-qualified planet, especially in the areas the planet naturally rules and more so in the areas the sign naturally rules. Whether the planet is a benefic or a malefic, any planet in its dignity tends to be benefic in nature. In a natal or horary chart, if that planet represents a skill, the skill measures up and the skill is a quality skill.

Every planet has a sign that exalts that planet. When you commit those signs to memory, and consider that placement in both horary and natal charts you begin to see and understand the drama that exists in this area if astrology. For example Mars is exalted in Capricorn. You might say that Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, loves Mars; he may be Mars’ father or mentor. He exalts Mars and admires his youth and courage. When Saturn exercises control over Mars, it’s with best intentions, sometimes to teach Mars think before he reacts. He attempts to teach Mars, to give Mars knowledge that he’ll eventually acquire anyway; but Saturn wants Mars to have it while he’s still young, courageous, and curious. In turn, Mars does not return those feelings to Saturn. Saturn is in his fall in Aries, ruled by Mars, where younger, live-for-today, impatient Mars considers Saturn too old and persona non grata when he visits his sign.

Any planet exalted by sign is held in high esteem. This planet expresses its best and is sure to rise to a higher position in the sign and/or house it occupies. The planet finds it easy to express its best because it is admired and encouraged and any mistakes it makes or flaws it displays are overlooked.

I have always considered that the best place for a planet to be is in the sign that exalts it. Some astrologers consider a planet in a sign of its dignity the best place. My feelings about this likely have to do with my own personality. Would you rather be dignified and completely comfortable in your own home, or exalted and the recipient of a ticker tape parade with all its amenities?

#8: The Cadent Houses

The Cadent Houses are the 3rd House, 6th House, 9th House and 12th House. In a natal chart these houses have to do with the mind. The 3rd House rules the basic mind, your basic education you need to survive, and your education through high school.

The 6th House rules your discriminating mind and where you acquire all the habitual behaviors that we learn in reference to our diet, hygiene and more.

The 9th House rules our higher mind, our philosophy, spiritual philosophy, and all of our higher education, especially any education that leads to a career.

The 12th House rules, what I call “All the bug-a-boos” in our life. This is where we harbor all the mental blocks, fears and distress given us from all the past events in our lives. This is the house that makes you avoid wearing the color red because when you were a child someone told you, you looked like a big red tomato in that red dress. This is the house we mentally escape to, to hide the mental problems that enslave us and can drive us to success. It is like the man who never stops striving for success and no matter how successful he becomes he can never stop because he’s forever trying to prove to his dead father that he’s not the failure that he was always called.

The Cadent Houses are the weakest houses and are the houses that have the least to do with our lives in a personal way. Whether in natal or horary astrology, matters that occur only in those houses have more to do with others in our circle. Some of the events that occur in those houses we never become aware of or we become aware of long after the fact. Mrs. Jacobson, my astrologer and mentor, said that quite often the matters that occur in those houses are none of our business. Natally I have Cancer rising with the Moon in my 1st House. When I was 41, my Solar Arc Moon directed to my 3rd House and squared my natal Uranus, which is natally conjunct my 12th cusp and is the ruler of my 8th House. Since the Moon is the ruler of my ascendant, me, I feared my eminent death. Sometime in my 42nd year I found out my brother and sister-in-law had separated due to an affair my brother was having. I called him and asked him why he hadn’t told me. His reply was, “It was none of your business”.

h2 .#9: The Moon in Horary Astrology

If the Moon will still make a parallel or contra-parallel before she leaves the sign she occupies, the Moon is not void of course.

If the Moon is void of course, but will still make a major aspect to the Part-of-Fortune, she is only zodiacally void of course. The aspect to the Part-of-Fortune indicates success is highly probable. If that major aspect to the Part-of-Fortune is a square or opposition, the success is still highly probable, but at a cost or loss.

The Part-of-Fortune in Pisces or Scorpio is the Part-of-Misfortune. This is especially true in the first twenty degrees of Scorpio and the first and last ten degrees of Pisces. The previous paragraph still applies, but misfortune will be evident in any success.

If the Moon’s last major aspect while in the sign she occupies is a square opposition or conjunction to a malefic, difficulty, obstacles and loss are indicated; and achieved success will require a much greater effort that is sometimes prohibitive. If after that major aspect the Moon will make a good aspect to the Part-of-Fortune, that will not cancel any of the indicated problems. It will be more like some sort of consolation prize for any difficulty, obstacles, and loss. The Part-of-Fortune works well unopposed but cannot cancel out any promise from the planets. Here are a couple of examples of the Moon’s last aspect being a square: one to a benefic and one to a malefic.

When I first purchased my home I was in a decorating mode. My home has 1 ½ baths and I decided to work on my full bathroom. I was going to begin work on making my bathroom it as beautiful and comfortable as I could. I was going to start the next weekend. As I do too many times, I didn’t consider what was going on astrologically. I went to all the right stores and purchased all the nick-knacks, accessories, towels and I even bought carpet and two kinds of padding to assure, a comfortable bathroom floor. By the end of that weekend I had my bathroom just the way I wanted; at least that’s what I thought. The next few days I came to realize that the carpet had just too much padding; it was comfortable but not practical. My feet sank so far into the carpet and padding that I had this tendency to trip if I didn’t raise my feet high enough while walking in the bathroom. By trial and error I ended up removing both pads and simply left the carpet on the bathroom floor.

Out of curiosity I looked up the planets and realized the Moon was in a sign where her last aspect, while in the sign she occupied, was a square to Venus. When I saw that, I started laughing. It fit perfectly. Venus is the planet of beauty and comfort; a square to Venus made for a problem with too much comfort. Since I didn’t plan my bathroom venture astrologically or have any idea as to when I actually began, I couldn’t set a chart for the event; so I had to settle for just knowing what sign the Moon was in and what her last aspect was. It was a cute lesson.

A friend bought one of those wooden shed kits on my recommendation and I promised to help him put it up. The summer was passing and all that lumber was still on his porch waiting to be built into a shed. After putting it off a number of times I promised to help him the next Saturday. I figured it would take the whole day and we would be free to go to a wine tasting festival with a group of friends. That Saturday morning we started putting the kit together to build a shed. We assembled the 1st wall and after we set it up, we realized it was assembled incorrectly. We then unfastened the wall from the floor, took it apart, removing all the nails and made our second attempt at building the wall correctly. Thinking it was right this time, we again fastened it to the floor to only realize we built it wrong again. Again we unfastened the wall from the floor, took it apart, removing all the nails again and made our third attempt. This time we got it right, but we were just able to fasten the wall to the floor before it got too dark. We both canceled our wine festival date and took all Sunday to finish building the shed. Out of curiosity I looked up the planets to see why it took so much longer and was so much more laborious than I thought. The Moon was in a sign where her last aspect, before she left the sign, was a square to Saturn. Saturn is the planet of hard labor, and responsibility, and makes you forego fun for work and that square made it happen. With both of these examples I couldn’t set a chart for when I began, because I didn’t note the time I began, but both unknown event charts evidently promised success and I could still note what sign the Moon was in and what her last aspect while in the sign she occupied was. I still make plans and commitments without looking at the planets. Maybe some day I’ll learn.

If the Moon is void of course but will still make a major aspect to an angle, that angle can sometimes save the Moon from being void of course. If the major aspect is a conjunction or square to the 4th or 10th cusp any success could come at the expense of your career or home life or some other 4th or 10th House matter. If the major aspect is a conjunction or square to the 1st or 7th cusp any success could come at the expense of a relationship with someone.

This may be hard to completely understand but the Moon is the co-ruler of everything. The Moon is always the co-ruler of the querent but the Moon can allow for success when success is not evident by any of the planets in question. If none of the rulers of the 1st House are in aspect to the planet that rules the matter at hand, and one or more of the rulers of the 1st House are in aspect to the Moon, you may consider the Moon ruling the matter at hand. Success will come from matters ruled by the house and sign the Moon occupies if the horary chart indicates success.

In a question about a relationship, if there is no aspect between any of the rulers of the 1st House to any of the rulers of the 7th House, there will be no relationship. If there is an aspect, any major aspect, the aspect will describe the relationship. Minor aspects indicate a minor relationship or a transitory one. If none of the rulers of the 1st House aspects any of the rulers of the 7th House, but one of the rulers of the 1st House aspects the Moon, you may consider the Moon one of the rulers of the 7th House.

#10: The Sextile

I can’t remember which country, but I had a student in one of the South American countries, that insisted that the sextile is a minor aspect. He was wrong. The sextile is the natural aspect between the information 3rd House and the circumstances beyond your control 11th House. The sextile is an aspect of information, circumstances, and opportunity. Where as the trine is a very physical aspect the sextile is more mental, less romantic. The sextile is more of a friendship aspect: a brother and sister aspect. When sextiles are predominant in the charts between married people, there tend to be less jealousy, more good communication, and lovers that are also friends. In a natal or horary chart, the best sextiles tend to be when the faster planet is applying to the slower planet and the next major aspect between them is a conjunction. In horary astrology, this is especially true with the Moon.

The sextile is the aspect that gives you an opportunity, one that needs to be developed and nurtured, unlike the trine, which usually comes to you completely developed and requires little or no nurturing. When the Moon is sextile a planet, and is moving toward that planet to conjoin the planet, the opportunity has a greater chance for success. When the Moon is sextile a planet, and moving away from that planet, so that the next major aspect is a square, the opportunity has a lesser chance for success, usually because of a belief that the matter is too difficult to be achieved.

Retrograde Planets

You never get the full benefit of a planet when that planet is retrograde. Retrograde planets hold back some of their nature. In everyday life this phenomenon is seldom noticed, unless your progressions indicate it. Be careful when beginning something when a planet that’s retrograde rules that something. Here are some examples: First-time sex with someone when Mars is retrograde will likely be a disappointment with one or both partners and could make that first time the last time. Important decisions made when Mercury is retrograde will be regretted if you’re committed to that decision. When Mercury is retrograde your decisions should be tentative and never committed. If you have to make a decision while Mercury is retrograde, the best time is in the middle of Mercury’s retrograde period, when Mercury is moving as fast as it can. Don’t think you’ve fallen in love when Venus is retrograde. You didn’t.

When Mutual Receptions Don’t Work

There are different ways that planets can be in mutual reception. The only time mutual receptions work perfectly is when two direct planets are in each other’s signs in angular houses. This kind of mutual reception tends to be very clear cut and dry.

When two planets are in houses the other naturally rules, they’re in mutual reception but only to a point. This kind of mutual reception tends to be less clear and how they work with people tends to work equally less clear. If you actually placed the planets in the houses they naturally rule and in the degree they occupied, it might not work, because sometimes the degree puts them in a different house.

When two planets are each in a house the other rules because that sign is on the cusp of that house, but one or both are not in the sign the other rules, they‘re in mutual reception, but again, only to a degree.

When two planets are in mutual reception and one of the planets is retrograde, the retrograde planet does not want to make the mutual reception work. This isn’t a hopeless situation; the retrograde planet can be made to make the mutual reception and get things “back to normal.” For example a planet retrograde in the 3rd House was a witness to an automobile accident and can clear you from being culpable, but he doesn’t want to; he can be subpoenaed. Somehow pressure must be put on a retrograde planet to make the mutual reception work. If that planet is stationary, no amount of pressure may work, especially when that planet is a slower moving planet.

A mutual reception will never work when both planets are retrograde. Both parties, for their own reasons, don’t want the mutual reception to work. This is usually because the consequences of making it work is more harmful to both parties than not making it work.

Some astrologers consider mutual reception by exaltation. This cannot work. Planets are in mutual reception because they are each in the sign the other planet rules. To put in another way; the sign the other owns. Planets exalted are in a sign where they‘re held in high esteem, where they have a lot of clout, they do not rule or own that sign, (except Mercury in Virgo). Planets exalted do not have the ability or the right to make the exchange with another planet. Some astrologers consider Mercury in Aquarius to be exalted and in its fall in Leo. I do not; yet I have my natal Mercury in Aquarius. I found it interesting that Mrs. Jacobson told me that Mercury is exalted in Virgo, but not to totally dismiss the consideration that Mercury could be exalted in Aquarius. I don’t know if she meant to also consider Mercury exalted in Aquarius.

Mrs. Jacobson always kept the same degree the planets occupied when she considered the mutual reception. I am aware that some astrologers not only exchange signs but also degrees. I understand that some astrologers believe she was wrong in this, that she misunderstood the rule of mutual receptions when she learned of mutual receptions. I’ve accepted Mrs. Jacobson’s method and as written in her textbooks. Keeping their same degree has always worked for me. Keeping their same degree or exchanging it quite often makes the difference of placing a planet in one house or another and make my reading quite different. I believe that in 38 years of my professional career in astrology, I would have seen the need to change the rule if it had been correct to do so. I believe it would have been even clearer to Mrs. Jacobson if it were correct to do so.

“Quirks” In Astrology

There are rules or things in astrology that I have thought of as quirks but have come to accept; one is Mercury exalted in its own sign, Virgo. Another is the 4th House ruling the father and the 10th House ruling the mother. I know this is disputed, but I also know this to be true. The quirk is that Cancer, the natural ruler of the 4th House, rules the mother and Capricorn, the natural ruler of the 10th House, rules the father. Another quirk is that the 7th House rules war, yet Venus, the natural ruler of the 7th House rules peace. Mars rules war. One quirk that I’ve always found amusing is that Venus can be retrograde near Mars, but Mars can never be retrograde near Venus. I think this quirk generally describes the relationship between men and women. In general, concerning men, you’re never sure about a woman; concerning women, men are so obvious. The person who edits my work thinks the prior sentence sounded a bit sexist. Maybe it does.

Protection From The Malefics

Mars and Saturn are the lesser and greater malefics. They rule two angular houses and two succeedent houses. Those two angular houses naturally rule you and your fate. With Mars exalted in Capricorn and the 10th House and Saturn in its fall in Aries and the 1st House you can assume that our fate exalts us as natives of this life while we as natives of this lifetime damn our fate.

Mars and Saturn are natural rulers of the 1st and 10th houses. They do not rule my 1st and 10th Houses and the odds are they don’t rule yours. As natural rulers, Mars and Saturn indicate what is natural for all mankind in general. It would be to our advantage to understand that Mars, the natural ruler of the 1st House indicates something about each of us, in general. We as humans are impetuous, react too soon, and tend to think only of the present without consideration to much more. Saturn the natural ruler of our fate is our natural taskmaster; it is only through what Saturn teaches us and only through those lessons that we improve and advance through the portals of each lifetime.

Jupiter has the distinction of being called the Greater Benefic while Saturn has been given the title of the Greater Malefic. For about the last 15 years of her life Mrs. Jacobson concluded that in reality Saturn was the Greater benefic.

The houses that affect us the most are the angular houses and they give us a degree of protection from the worst that Saturn and Mars can be. Saturn is in its fall in Aries and the 1st House, and in its detriment in Cancer and the 4th House; but Saturn is accidentally dignified by being angular, giving Saturn a degree of dignity when he’s fallen from grace or unwelcome, making Saturn never as malefic as he could have been.

Mars, likewise, is in its fall in Cancer and the 4th House and in its detriment in Libra and the 7th House; but Mars too is accidentally dignified by being angular; giving Mars a degree of dignity when he’s fallen from grace, or unwelcome, making Mars never as malefic as he could have been. I believe that this is just two of many safety valves that nature has given life on earth through astrology.