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byRobertHand
Copyright1996byRobertHand(info@robhand.com)
PostedintheNewsgroupalt.astrologyinFebruaryandMarch1996.

Author'sIntroduction
WhatIamgoingtodohereissomethingsimilartowhatIhavebeendoingonProdigy.Iamgoing
tobetalkingaboutthediscoveriesandloreofancientandmedievalastrology.Themaindifference
betweenthesepostingsandthoseonProdigyisthatthesewillbeabitmoretechnical.Iknowthat
noteveryoneonAlt.Astrologyisanexpertbutactuallyyoudon'tneedtobemuchofanexpertto
understandtheoldastrology.Thosewhocouldjustifiablybecalled"experts"inmodernastrology
actuallyhavetolearnasmuchasthebeginners.Theconceptsarequitesimple,butbecome
complicatedintheputtingtogether.Butthisshouldnotbeasurprise.Thisisjustastrueofmodern
astrology.Anyhowhereismyfirstnote.

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MostastrologershaveencounteredthePart(orLotastheGreekscalledit)ofFortune,buthave
littleideaofwhattodowithit.Themodernliteratureonthesubjectisoflittlehelptendingtomake
itanextremelyabstractsymbol,something"karmic."Tocomplicatethingsfurther,itisnowclear
thatforapproximately50%ofallpeoplethePartofFortuneisusuallycomputedincorrectly,
namelythosepersonsbornatnightbetweensunsetandsunrise.I'llcomebacktothatina
moment.ThePartofFortuneiscomputedinthefollowingmanner:

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DayBirths:Fortune=Ascendant+MoonSun
NightBirths:Fortune=Ascendant+SunMoon

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Theseformulaeshouldbeinterpretedasinthisway:computethelongitudesoftheAscendant,
MoonandSunasmeasuredfrom0degreesofAries.Thisisdoneaccordingtothetablebelow.
Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo

Add0
Add30
Add60
Add90
Add120
Add150

.Libra
.Scorpio
.Sagittarius
.Capricorn
.Aquarius
.Pisces

Add180
Add210
Add240
Add270
Add300
Add330

Let'ssaysomeonehasanAscendantof20Virgo,aMoonof4Aries,andaSunat17Aquarius.An
Ascendantof20VirgomeansaDescendantof20Pisces.SincetheSunisbetweentheAscendant
andtheDescendant,thisisanightbirthsoweusethenightbirthformula.
Ascendant20Virgo+150=170
Sun17Aquarius+300=317
Moon4Aries+0=4
Fortune=170+3174=483.
Thisismorethan360sowesubtract360fromthetotal.483360=123.ThePartofFortuneis3
Leo.
IftheSunwereat9CancerwiththisAscendantandMoon,thechartwouldbeadaybirthsowe
wouldusetheDayformula.
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Ascendant20Virgo+150=170
Moon4Aries+0=4
Sun9Cancer+90=99
Fortune=170+499=75.
Thisislessthan360sowedon'tneedtodoanythingmore.ThisgivesusaPartofFortuneof15
Gemini.
ThereasonwhymostpeoplewhoarebornatnighthavebeengiventhewrongPartofFortuneis
thatmostofthemodernauthoritieshaveusedthedayformulafornightbirths!Thisisbecauseone
ancientauthority,Ptolemy,seemedtoadvocatedoingallchartswiththedayformula.Wearenow
fairlycertainfromournewtranslationofPtolemyandhisancientcommentatorsthathedidnot
intendthis.Mostotherancientsourcesadvocatedusingthedayformulafordaybirthsandthe
nightformulasfornightandsodidthemedievalastrologers.Andthesepeopleknewwhattodo
withthePartofFortune.
LetmeconcludethisnotebygivingaverybriefdescriptionofwhatthePartofFortuneis.ThePart
ofFortuneisusedtodescribethebasicwayinwhichtheindividualisphysicallyconnectedwith
thesurroundingworld.Itisoneofthesignificatorsofthebodyandhealth,anditistheprimary
significatorofprosperity,andalsocareerasitrelatestoprosperity.Butthemethodofusingitwill
comeasabitofasurprise.ThisisoneofthemostimportantdiscoveriesthatProjectHindsight
hasmade.InmynextnoteI'llgointothat.

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Part2
InthefirstinstallmentofthisseriesofnotesIdescribedthemethodforcomputingthePartof
Fortuneandsaidabitaboutwhatitmeant,thatitwasthekeytounderstandingthenative's
prosperityandcareer.InthisinstallmentIwillgofurtherintoitssymbolismandsaymoreaboutits
properuseaccordingtotheGreeks.
AsIhavesaid,thePartofFortuneisaprimaryindicatorofprosperity,butitismorethanthat.Itis
createdoutofthelongitudesoftheSun,Moon,andAscendant,andthereforeiscomposedoutof
thethreeofthemostimportantplacesinthechart(onlytheMidheavenoutsideofthesethreeisas
important)andasaresultbecomesasimportantastheyare.Inmodernastrologythereisa
tendencytoregardthePartofFortuneasaminorpointinthechart,butthiswasnotthecasewith
ancientastrology.
InancientastrologytheAscendantistheprimaryindicatorofthephysicalbodyandhealth.The
Moonisalsoaveryimportantsecondaryindicatoraboutthebody.Butthereisadifference
betweenthem.TheAscendantwasconsideredtobethebodyatitsmostphysical,materiallevel.
TheMoonwasthelivingaspectofthebody,infactsoul,butsoulincarnatedinaphysicalbody.
ThePartofFortune,beingcomposedofbothofthesealongwiththeSun,isalsoanindicatorofthe
living,physicalbodyanditsrelationshipswiththephysicalandsocialworldinwhichthenative
lives.Itscapacitytosignifyprosperitycomesfromthis.IfthePartofFortuneisingoodcondition,
therelationshipbetweenthenativeandthephysicalandsocialworldinwhichheorshelivesis
onethatsupportsthenativeandenablesthenativetolivewell.IfthePartofFortuneisinpoor
condition,thenativehasahardertimelivinginrelationshipwiththeworldthatsupportsthenative.
ThesamecanalsobesaidabouttherelationshipsofthePartofFortuneandhealth.
However,inthecaseofbothsignificationsonemustkeepinmindthatnooneindicationinthe
chart,noteventhePartofFortune,canbetakenbyitselfasatotalindicatorofanyareaoflife.For
healthonemustalsolookattheAscendant,itsruler,theMoonanditsruler.Alsothesixthand
eighthhousesasindicatorsofillnessanddeathrespectivelyhavestrongindicationsforhealth.For
materialprosperityoneshouldalsolookatthesecondhouse,thetenthhouse,andtheirrulers.
Thatsaid,however,thePartofFortuneiswellplacedwhentherearebeneficsordignifiedplanets
inthesamesignwithit(thefactthat"sign"isreferredtohereisveryimportantaswillbeseen
lateron),orthesesamekindsofplanetsaspectthePartofFortune.[Note:iftheterms"benefic"
and"dignified"arestrangetoyou,theywillbeexplainedattheendofthisarticle.]Alsoitwassaid
tohelpthePartofFortuneifitwasinasignthatwasruledbybenefics,andanypointinachartis
helpedbybeinginasignruledbyadignifiedplanet.

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ThePartofFortuneisnotsowellplacedifitisinasignwithmalefics,especiallyifthemalefics
aredebilitated.Squares,oppositions,andconjunctionswithmaleficsarealsonotconsideredtobe
verygood.AsamodernastrologerIwouldhavetosaythatsuchindicationsdonotmeanpoverty
orbadhealthsomuchastheymeanthatthenativewillhavetoworkharderorhasanarrower
rangeofpossibleroutestosuccess.Butgiventhosetwoconsiderations,theresultscanstillbe
verypositive.
Asmyconcludingcommentinthisinstallment,letmesaythatthePartofFortuneisnotmerelya
pointliketheplanetsorthenodes.Itisthestartofahousesystem.ThesignofthePartofFortune
isthefirsthouseoftheFortunasystem,andthefirsthouseoftheFortunasystemextendsfrom0
degreesto30degreesofthesigninwhichthePartislocated.Andeachoftheotherhousesofthe
Fortunasystemalsoextendfrom0degreesto30degreesoftheirrespectivesigns.Inthenext
installmentIwilldescribewhattheancientssaidshouldbedonewiththesehouses.
TermsUsed:
Benefic
Aplanetwhicheasilyproducesresultswhichwouldbegenerallyconsideredfavorableor"good."
Whethertheseresultsreallyaregoodforthenativewillonlybecomeclearovertime.Certainly
beneficsproduceadesiredresultmoreeasilyinmostsituationsthanmalefics(seenextentry).
ThenaturalbeneficsareVenus,Jupiter,theSunbytrineorsextileaspects,andanyplanetthatis
wellaspectedanddignified(seenote).
Malefic
Aplanetwhichdoesnoteasilyproduceresultswhichwouldbeconsidered"good".Generally
speakingmaleficsarenotsomuch"bad"asitisthattheyrequiremorethought,more
consciousness,andmoreskillatmanaginglifethanthebeneficsrequireinmostcases.Infactthe
twomainmalefics,MarsandSaturn,arenecessaryforbuildingcharacterandstrength.Buteither
ofthesehandledwithoutconsciousnessleadstolessthanfortunateresults.Thenaturalmalefics
areMars,SaturnandtheSunbyconjunctiononly.
GeneralCommentaboutBothBeneficsandMalefics
Ultimatelywhetheraplanetisamaleficorabeneficdependsuponanumberoffactors.Planets
thatarenaturallyoneortheothercanbeconvertedintotheiroppositebyothercircumstancesin
thechart.OnecannotassumethatVenusandJupiterwillalwaysproducegoodresults,andthat
SaturnandMarswillalwaysproducebadresults.Thisisaoldclassificationandmustbetaken
somewhatfreely.IntheendIlikePtolemy'sdefinitionofthetermsbest.AccordingtoPtolemy,a
beneficisaplanetwhosenaturalinfluenceleadstomoderationandbalance.Amaleficisaplanet
whosenaturalinfluenceleadstoextremesandimbalance.
DignifiedandDebilitated
Planetsmaybedignified(madestronger)anddebilitated(weakened)inavarietyofways.Inthis
articleImainlyrefertodignityanddebilitybysigns.Planetsaredignifiedwhentheyareinsignsin
whichtheyruleorareexalted.Theyaredebilitatedwhentheyareinsignsoppositethese.Any
regularbeginningtextofastrologywilllistthesesigns.Thereareotherdignitiesanddebilitiesas
well.SeeLeeLehman,EssentialDignities,WhitfordPress.

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IfthePartofFortuneisafirsthousemarker,ournaturaltendencyasmodernWesternastrologers
ismakethedegreeofthePartthecuspofthefirsthouseandtosetupequalhousesfromthePart
usingthePartasanAscendant.However,fromthematerialwehavefoundsofarinProject
Hindsightwhattheancientastrologersactuallydidwasabitdifferent.Andwhattheydidwas
characteristicofhousedivisioninalloftheoldesttextsincluding,wenowknow,Ptolemyhimself.
AsIhavealreadymentioned,thehousesoftheFortunasystemweremeasuredfrom0degreesto
30degreesofthesignthatthePartofFortunewasin.Thispractice,whichhasbeendubbedwhole
signhousedivision,wasnotonlyusedwiththePartofFortune,butalsowiththeAscendantitself!
Theentiremodernproblemofhousedivisiondidnotexistfortheancients.Theydidnotseethe
signsasseparatefromthehouses.Thehousesweresimplyrolesthatthesignstookondepending
upontheirrelationtosomepointthatmarkedoneofthesignsasbeingthefirsthouseorplace
("place"isthepropertranslationofthewordthattheancientsusedforhouseasweusetheword).
ThatmarkingpointwascalledinGreek,horoskopos.
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Ifthatwordsoundsfamiliar,itshould.Itisthebasisoftheword'horoscope',anditsliteralmeaning
is"hourmarker,"not"watcherofthehour"asoftenstatedinthetexts.Thehourmarkerwasany
pointthathadtheabilitytomarkasignasafirsthouseorplaceforsomepurpose.Inmodern
astrologywehavesunsignastrology,atechniquenotwidelyrespectedbyprofessional
astrologers.Yetinsunsignastrologyweseeanancientpracticeused(simplemindedlytobe
sure)inamoderncontext.InsunsignastrologytheSunisahoroskoposinexactlytheancient
manneritmarksthesignoftheSunasafirsthouseorplace.Allothersignsbecomehousesor
placeswithrespecttothesignoftheSun.Theonlyproblemwithmodernsunsignastrologyisthat
thesolarhoroskoposwassupposedtobeusedtodescribeanative'sfather,notthenative,and
thenonlyifthenativewasborninthedaytime.
TheancientsintheWestusedtheAscendantandthePartofFortuneasthemajorhourmarkers.
TheancientsoftheEastinIndiausedtheAscendantandtheMoonistheprimaryhourmarkers.
WhatisinterestinghereisthatthePartofFortuneisapartassociatedwiththeMoon!Apparently
thesepracticesarerelated.
ThefollowingisaquotationfromPaulusAlexandrinusa4thcenturyauthor:
"AndFortunesignifieseverythingthatconcernsthebody,andwhatonedoesthroughthecourseof
life.Itbecomesindicativeofpossessions,reputationandprivilege."
AndVettiusValenswholivedataboutthesametimeasPtolemywrotethefollowing:
"...theLotitselfwillpossessthepoweroftheHoroskopos,thatoflifethetenthzoidion[sign]from
this,thepoweroftheMidheaven,thatofreputationthe7th,thepoweroftheDescendantthe4th,of
thesubterraneouszoidion,andtheremainingplaceswillpossessthepowerofthe12regions."
Inanotherplacehewrote"Wehavealsofoundthe11thplace[signcountedasahouse]from
Fortunetobeanacquisitiveplace,abestowerofbelongingsandgoods,andespeciallywhen
beneficsareuponitoraretestifying[aspecting]."
Thesestatementsareholdingupinpractice.IhavefoundthatthesignofthePartofFortuneandits
rulergiveverygoodinformationonprofessionasitrelatestomakingmoneyalongwiththetenth
house(countedintheusualmannerfromtheAscendant).ThetenthsignfromthesignofthePart
ofFortuneisalsoverygoodforhelpingtodescribetheactualsocialrolethattheoccupation
serves.TheeleventhsignfromtheParthasaspecialroleindeterminingbothhowwellandby
whatmeansoneearnsmoney.Astrologerswhoactuallyearnmoneyfromdoingastrologyhave
beenseentohaveMercuryinthesignofthePartofFortune,ortheeleventhsignfromthePartof
Fortune,orrulingeitherofthese.MercuryistheancientrulerofastrologybeforeUranuswas
discovered.AndIwouldhavetosaythatitstillworks!TheancientwritersalsosaidthatthePartof
Fortuneandthehousesderivedfromithadtowiththebody,health,andactionsthataredone
spontaneouslyoronanemotionalbasis.
AnotherinterestingFortunahouseistheseventh.Whileitmayhavesomethingtodowith
relationships,itsprimarysymbolismseemstoderivefromitsbeingtheoppositiontothePart
itself,andtheeffectisstrongerifapointintheseventhFortunaplaceisclosertotheexact
oppositiontothePartofFortune.Oneoftheoldestsignificationsoftheseventhhousewasdeath
becausetheSunsetthereanditslightwasextinguished.TheFortunaseventhofcourseisnota
sunsetpoint,butsincethePartofFortunehassomethingtodowiththebody,theoppositiontothe
Partseemstohavesomethingtowithillnessandphysicalproblems.
MuchmoreworkneedstobeonthePartofFortune,andthiscanonlybeconsideredataste.
However,wearenotdonewithpartsyet.Therearemanyotherpartsaswell,andmanyofthese
alsoserveashourmarkers.Wewilltakeupsomeoftheseinthenextinstallment.
Afinalnote:allthepassagesusedinthistextarefromtheProjectHindsighttranslationsofthe
ancientGreektextsunlessotherwisenoted.

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Wenowcometosomeoftheotherlots.Asofthiswritingwehavefoundovertwodozenlotswhich
comefromEgyptiansources.ThisshoulddispelonceandforallthenotionthatlotsareArabic.
MostoftheminfactarefromabookcalledthePanaretoswhichwasattributedtoHermes
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Tresmegistes.Heisnodoubtalegendaryfigurewithnohistoricalbasis,butanythingattributedto
himbeforetheMiddleAgescanbesafelyascribedtoHellenisticEgyptiansourcesorearlier.The
LotofFortunewasattributedtothealsolegendaryNechepsoandPetosiris,alegendarypharaoh
andhispriest.
Firstofallseverallotswereassignedtotheplanets.OfthesetheLotofFortune,asIhave
mentioned,wasassignedtotheMoon,theLotofSpirittotheSun.TheLotofSpiritisthesecond
mostimportantofthelots.Itsformulaisverysimple.ItisthesameastheLotofFortune,butwith
theSunandMoonpositionsintheformulareversed.ThustheformulafortheLotofSpiritbydayis
thesameastheLotofFortunebynight,andviceversa.Thefollowingformulasshouldmakethis
clear.
LotofFortune
DayBirths:Fortune=Ascendant+MoonSun
NightBirths:Fortune=Ascendant+SunMoon
LotofSpirit
DayBirths:Spirit=Ascendant+SunMoon
NightBirths:Spirit=Ascendant+MoonSun
PeoplewhohavebeenbornatnightandhavebeenusingtheLotofFortuneascomputedbymost
softwareandcomputerserviceshaveactuallybeenusingtheLotofSpirit!TheLotofSpiritisa
pointwhichhasstrongpsychologicalandspiritualovertones,unliketheveryphysicalplanebased
LotofFortune.TheLotofSpirithastodowiththenatureofthewill,whatyouintend(asopposedto
whatmerelyhappenstoyou),andalsohasmuchtodowithcareer,butapparentlymoreyour
careerasastatementthatyoumakeaboutwhatyouareintheworld.Italsohastodowithillness,
liketheLotofFortune,butitwouldseemthatwiththeLotofSpiritwearetalkingaboutthespiritual
basesofillnessasopposedtothephysicalbases.UnliketheLotofFortune,theLotofSpiritdoes
notoftenseemtohavebeenuseasafirsthousemarker.PaulusAlexandrinussaysthefollowing
abouttheLotofSpirit."Spirithappenstobelordofsoul,temper,mindfulness,andeverypower
andsometimesitalsocooperatesinthedeterminationconcerningwhatonedoes."Thisisabout
allwecansayabouttheLotofSpiritatthispoint.
TheotherplanetsalsohavelotsmostofwhicharepartlycomposedoutoftheLotsofFortuneand
Spirit.
InthefollowingPF=LotofFortune,PS=LotofSpirit
Mercury,LotofNecessity
Day:Lot=Asc.+PFMe
Night:Lot=Asc.+MePF
"Necessitysignifiesconstraints,submissions,struggles,andwars,andmakesenmities,hatreds,
condemnations,alltheotherrestrictivethingsbefallingmenasaresultoftheirbirth."Paulus
Alexandrinus
Venus,LotofEros
DayLot=Asc.+VePS
NightLot=Asc.+PSVe
"Erossignifiestheappetitesandthevoluntativedesires.Itbecomesacontributingcauseof
friendshipandmutualfavor."PaulusAlexandrinus
Mars,LotofCourage
DayLot=Asc.+PFMa
NightLot=Asc.+MaPF
"Couragebecomesacontributingcauseofboldness,treachery,might,andeveryvillainy."
PaulusAlexandrinus
Jupiter,LotofVictory
DayLot=Asc.+JuPS
NightLot=Asc.+PSJU

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"Victorybecomesacontributingcauseoftrust,goodexpectation,contest,andeveryassociation
butsometimesitcontributestopenaltiesandrewards."PaulusAlexandrinus
Saturn,LotofNemesis
DayLot=Asc.+PFSa
NightLot=Asc.+SaPF
"Nemesisbecomesacontributingcauseofsubterraneanfatesandofeverythingwhichisicecold,
ofdemonstration,impotence,exile,destruction,grief,andqualityofdeath."PaulusAlexandrinus
ThesequotesfromPaulusareaboutallweknowabouttheselots.Noneoftheseappeartohave
beenusedashousemarkers.
Thenextgroupoflotsarerelatedtofamilyissues:
LotoftheFather
DayLot=Asc.+SaSu
NightLot=Asc.+SuSa
IfSaturniswithin17degreesoftheSunusethisformulaaccordingtotheGreeksources.
DayorNightLot=Asc.+JuMa
WhenSaturniswithin17degreesoftheSun,Arabicsourcesusedadifferentformula.
DayLot=Asc.+JuSu
NightLot=Asc.+SuJu
Idon'tknowwhathappensifbothJupiterandSaturnarewithin17degreesoftheSun,but
otherwiseIprefertheArabicformulawhenSaturnisclosetotheSun.
LotoftheMother
DayLot=Asc.+MoVe
NightLot=Asc.+VeMo
LotofSiblings
DayLot=Asc.+JuSa
NightLot=Asc.+SaJu
NotallsourcesreversetheformulaforSiblingsatnight,andIaminclinedtoagreewiththose
sourcesthatdonot.Isuggestthatonestartwiththedayformulausedforbothdayandnightcharts.
Thismayseeminconsistentofmebutthereisaprincipleunderlyingmyposition.Inanycaseonly
experimentwilltell.
LotofChildren
DayLot=Asc.+SaJu
NightLot=Asc.+JuSa
NoticethatthisisthereverseoftheLotofSiblings.Hereagainsomesourcesdonotreversethe
formulaatnight,andhereagainIagreetentativelywiththosethatdonot.Obviouslypersonsborn
inthedaytimehavenoproblemhere,butpersonsbornatnightwillhavetoexperiment.Thislotis
forbothmaleandfemalechildren.
InthenextinstallmentIwillgivesomemoreoftheselotsandsomeinstructiononhowtheywere
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Inadditiontothegenerallotofchildren,VettiusValensgivestwootherlotsthatpertaintochildren,
alotofsons,i.e.,malechildren,andalotofdaughters.Theseareasfollows:
LotofSons
DayorNightLot=Asc.+MeJu

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LotofDaughters
DayorNightLot=Asc.+VeJu
VettiusValensmakesthefollowingstatementaboutboththeseandtheLotofChildrenmentioned
inthepreviousinstallment.
"When,then,theyareafflictedbyKronos[Saturn]andAres[Mars],theyarethecausesof
childlessnessorthedestructionofchildren,butwhentheyareassistedbyZeus[Jupiter],theyare
thecausesoffruitfulness."
Nowwecometoagroupoflotsthatpertaintomarriage,ormorepreciselymalefemale
relationships.ItisnotclearfromtheGreekmaterialhowthesearetobedifferentiated,butwedo
havesomeassistancefromtheArabicmaterial.Firstheretheyare:
PartsofMarriage
LotofMarriage,Men[Hermetic]
DayorNightLot=Asc.+VeSa
LotofMarriage,Women[Hermetic]
DayorNightLot=Asc.+SaVe
LotofMarriage,Men[Valens]
DayorNightLot=Asc.+VeSu
LotofMarriage,Women[Valens]
DayorNightLot=Asc.+MaMo
LotofMarriage,General
DayLot=Asc.+VeJu
NightLot=Asc.+JuVe
InAlBiruni,anAraberaastrologer,thetwolotsattributedtoHermesaresimplyreferredtoaslots
ofmarriage.Buttheothertwolots,theoneformenandtheoneforwomen,aregivenadditional
designations.ThelotforthemarriageofmenusingtheVenusSunarciscalled"Trickeryand
DeceptionofMentowardWomen,"and"IntercourseofMen."ThelotforwomenthatusestheMars
Moonarciscalled"MisconductofWomen,""TrickeryandDeceitofMenbyWomen,"
"IntercourseofWomen,"and"UnchastityofWomen."Disregardingforamomenttheobvious
sexisminthesedesignations,itisquiteclearthatthemaritallotsofValensarenotasspecifically
connectedtomarriage,butaremoreconnectedtosexualrelationshipsingeneral.Butthe
Hermeticlots,bothofwhichcontainSaturn,seemtohavemoreofaconnectionspecificallyto
legallysanctionedmarriage.Atthisveryearlystageinmyresearchthisprincipleseemstobe
holdingup,thattheHermeticlotsrelatetolegalmarriage,andthelotsofValensrelatetomale
femalesexualrelationshipsingeneral.
ThisleavesthegenerallotofmarriagegivenbyValensthatusesthearcfromJupitertoVenusand
viceversa.Ithavelittleexperiencewiththisonethusfar,butittoowouldseemtobeconnectedto
generalrelationsbetweenthesexesratherthanspecificallylegalmarriage.However,sinceJupiter
hasastrongconnectionwiththelaw,wecannotruleoutthislotalsoasreferringtolegalmarriage.
Inadditiontotheselots,thereareotherspecialpurposelotsthatarementionedintheGreek
literature.Wedonothaveaclearnotionofwhatallofthesemaybefor,buttheyareallinteresting.
ThefirstoftheseistheLotofBasis.Asthenamesuggests,itwouldseemtobesomething
fundamental.ItappearstobeawayofcombiningthelotsofFortuneandSpiritandmaking
somethingthatcombinestheirsignification.Theformulaisasfollows:
LotofBasis
DayorNightLot=Asc.+PFSp
orLot=Asc.+SpPF
Herehoweveritisnotdayornightthatdeterminestheorderoftheformula.Insteadweuse
whicheveristheshorterarc.IFPFSpismorethan180degrees,weuseSpPF,andviceversa.
ItspositionisalwaysbelowthehorizonorexactlyontheAscendantorDescendantbecausethe
SptoPFarccanneverbemorethan180degrees.Thismayhavesomethingtodowithits
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significationbecauseitisalwaysbelowtheearthlikeafoundation.AlsoaswithFortunaandSpirit,
NewMoonsandFullMoonshavespecialsignificancewiththislot.AttheNewMoonallthreelots
areconjuncttheAscendant,andattheFullMoon,theyareallconjuncttheDescendant.
LotofDebt
DayorNightLot=Asc.+SaMe
Thisisalotthatdoesnotlookasifitwouldfunctionasafirsthouseindicator.Theloreonthislot
isnotabundant,butthelogicoflotswouldindicatethatwhateverhouseitwouldfallintocouldbea
sourceoffinanciallossesordebt.
LotofTheft
DayLot=SaMaMe
NightLot=SaMeMa
Alsoalotthatdoesnotfunctionasafirsthouseindicator.Thisisoneofthefewlotsthatdoesnot
containtheAscendantasacomponent.Assuchitresemblesthekindsofformulasthatonefinds
inthemodernHamburgSchoolofAlfredWitte.
LotofTreachery
DayLot=Asc.+MaSu
NightLot=Asc.+SuMa
Wehavelittledataonthislot.ItisfromVettiusValens.
LotofExaltation
DayLot=Asc.+19ArSu
NightLot=Asc.+3TaMo
ThislotismadeoutoftheSunandMoonandtheirexaltationdegrees.Thisisoneofthefew
instancesinwhichtheexaltationdegrees(asopposedtotheirsigns)areused.Itisconnectedto
thebirthsofeminentandfamouspeople.
LotofBeinginaForeignLand
DayorNightLot=Asc.+MaSa
LotofAccusation
DayLot=Asc.+MaSa
NightLot=Asc.+SaMa
Theselasttwoarealmostthesame.TheLotofBeinginaForeignLanddoesnotswitchatnight,
andtheLotofAccusationdoes.ThestructureoftheLotofBeinginaForeignLandclearlytellsus
thatwearenottalkingaboutvacationtravelhere.ItismorelikeaLotofExile.TheLotof
Accusationindicatesthehousethroughwhichthenativeis"likelytoexperiencefailure,dangers,
ordownfalls."[Valens]InlaterastrologythislotbecametheLotofInseparableIllness,i.e.,
incurableillness,andalsotheLotofPolice,whichaccordswellwiththeideaoftheLotof
Accusation.Ihavelittleexperiencewiththelotasanindicatorofillness,butitdoesseemto
indicateareasoflifewheresomeonemaybeaccusedofsomething,eitherfalselyortruthfully.
LotoftheDestroyer
DayLot=Asc.+MoRu
NightLot=Asc.+RuMo
Intheaboveformula'Ru'standsfortheruleroftheAscendant.Thisisapointthatrelatestodeath.
Wehavelittlesystematicinformationofitsuseexceptthatitseemstorelatetothemannerof
death.Iwouldurgeastrologersnottobecarelessintheuseofthislot.
RobertHand2/16/963/20/96
RobertHandhasbeendoingtranslationsofancientandmedievalastrologytextssince1993
withProjectHindsightandthatefforthaspublishedover2000pagesoftranslationsand
commentary.IfanyoneisinterestedinfurtherinformationonProjectHindsight,theyhavea
webpageatProjectHindsight.

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