Beham, (Hans) Sebald (1500-1550): Luna, from The seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac, 1539 (Bartsch 120; Pauli, Holl. 122), first state of five, trimmed just outside the platemark, generally in very good condition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are three important fundamental factors to interpret a planet:
- It’s house
- It’s lordship
- It’s sign
They are more or less equal in importance. Then there are four important secondary considerations immediately upon these three fundamental factos:
- It’s potency
- It’s dignity
- Influences to it (mostly through aspects, also through dispositors, etc.)
- It’s ability to exert influence on the houses relative to the ascendant, moon and sun.
Considering these 3 primary and 4 secondary factors is enough work to keep us busy for an hour or two per chart, and gives a clear enough picture of a horoscope to answer questions and guide a person with significant confidence.
- Vic DiCara
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So now…when a planet is in aspect to a malefic planet, does that mean the aspect is always bad?
ex mercury sag sextile mars libra. is that good or bad? or merc conjunct uranus
“When a planet is in aspect to a malefic” – from your examples (mercury sextile mars) it seems you are talking about the benefic planet
influencing the malefic. Right?
Generally this is a GOOD thing. It will make the inherent strength and sterness of the malefic be more generous and good-natured.
The opposite, having malefic planets influence benefics, is generally BAD. It makes the inherent goodness and generousity of the benefic has self-serving aims, or to become restricted and less abundant.
Mutual aspects are, of course, two way streets. Interpret accordingly, the affect to the malefic is beneficial, while the effect to the benefic is undesirable. Similarly with conjunctions, which are always mutual effects, as in your second example (Mercury conjunct Uranus)
The Bible says, and I guess I might be paraphrasing, “God created the world in 7 days.” That is sort of interesting since we have a “week” which lasts 7 days. Why does the week last 7 days???
The answer is in heaven. No, not the “pearly gates” – in the actual sky, the “heavens.” There are 7 days in a week because there are 7 lights in the sky that move around while all the rest of the lights up there stay put in their relative positions:
- The Sun
- The Moon
And so we have one day for each planet.
- The Sun has Sunday
- The Moon has Monday
- Mercury has “Mercoledì” – influenced by the Norse language became “Wednesday”
- Venus has “Venerdì” – “Friday” by Norse influence.
- Mars has “Martedì” – “Tuesday” by Norse influence.
- Jupiter has “Jovedi” – “Thursday” from the Norse influence.
- Saturn has Saturday
OK, so why are they out of order? Because it is complicated. I will try to explain it simply.
- Step 1: Order the planets from slowest moving to fastest moving and you get this: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon.
- Step 2: Split the day into 24 “hours”, give one hour to each planet in the above order, starting from Sunrise.
- Step 3: When the first day is done you will be partially through the third cycle of the order of planets from slowest to fastest. Don’t restart, keep going. Start the next day with the planet who naturally follows in order.
- Step 4: The planet ruling the hour of Sunrise is the planet who rules the day. The day is named after that planet
And that explains it.
So the first day would be Saturn’s day (Saturday). The last planet to rule an hour on Saturday is Mars (do the pencil work matching each planet to each hour in the order of slowest to fastest and you will see why). The next planet in the natural speed order after Mars is the Sun. So the Sun rules the hour of the next Sunrise, the next day. So the next day after Saturday is Sunday.
If you pencil it out you will see that the planet ruling the hour of the next sunrise is the Moon – so the next day is “Monday.” And so on and so forth you will see the familiar order of the weekdays unfold.
Creating the World in 7 Days
Each of these 7 planets is responsible for one specific aspect of reality. So all seven of them together make the complete creation.
- Sun = Awareness, identity (Ego)
- Moon = Experience, reflection, opinion, emotion. (Mind)
- Mercury = Conceptualization and communication (Intellect)
- Venus = Sensual experience (the Body of senses)
- Mars = Energy, Passion (Ambition)
- Jupiter = Morals (Guidance)
- Saturn = Limitations of reality (Grief)
This is what it really means to say, “God created the world in 7 days.” Well, who am I to say what it “really” means. But this is the only way it makes great sense as far as I know or care to know right now. The statement is telling you that there are seven parts to existence, each one overseen by a specific planetary force, and that taken altogether these seven forces are the complete “creation” of the material universe.
- Vic DiCara
© 2010 Vic DiCara, All Rights Reserved
Addressing the issue of planets in signs and houses, many astrology teachers present their readers and students with copious descriptions of various effects of the various planets in the various signs and houses. That might be the last thing I would want to write, and certainly is the last thing I would want you to read. It is an endeavor that is both laborious and self-defeating. To do it correctly and describe the effect of each planet in each sign and each house would require 1,296 subheadings!
Obviously that would be grueling to write. It would be even more punishing to attempt to read and memorize. Even if we both went through the austerity of writing and reading those 1,296 descriptions we would still fall far short of the real conditions in an astrological chart, which posses 11,664 fundamental combinations.
Books with descriptions of planets in signs and houses are appealing, because they give the impression that astrology might be relatively simple. They are interesting and are good intellectual and intuitive exercises, but you cannot become a true astrologer by reading them. You cannot become a real astrologer by memorizing possible combinations, because the number of things you would have to memorize is impossible to manage. To become a true astrologer you have to learn how to think like an astrologer.
Of course, we benefit by contemplating the thought process of other astrologers. Not to memorize those thoughts directly, but to learn how astrologers think. I will focus on teaching you how to think in such a way that you can understand any planet in any house, sign, nakshatra, navamsha, etc.
- Vic DiCara
© 2010 Vic DiCara, All Rights Reserved