An election from al-Rijal to apply for a loan

This is a house based election for applying for a loan that is originally from al-Rijal but a version of which is also detailed in Bonatti’s Liber Astronomiae and adapted for our use.

The electional conditions are as follows:

1.  Ascendant in Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius or Aquarius
2.  Moon also in one of the above signs, of little light, and aspecting one of the benefics or Mercury
3. The Lord of the First and the Lord of the Seventh be unafflicted and, if possible, in harmony with each other, and, if possible, receiving each other
4.  It should not be the hour of the malefics or of the Sun

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Money Stay With Me: An election for maintaining wealth

If indeed the intention of him for whom you elect were to make money, so that it would always remain in his possession, indeed so that it is not given over in the end to someone else, let the Ascendant at the hour of the election be a fixed sign; and let the Lord of the Ascendant and the Moon and the Lord of the Second be in fixed signs, free from impediments, and do not let them be removed from the angles.” – Guido Bonatti, Liber Astronomiae, Treatise 7, p707 (Benjamins Dykes translation)

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An election from Bonatti for gambling

Bonatti gives us an election for dice games, but which can be extended to other games of chance. We want the following conditions:

Electional conditions

1. The ascendant in movable sign
2. Lord 1 in good condition and well disposed
3. Lord 7 weak and impedited
4. If possible, let Lord 8 in House 2 or House 1, received by Lord 2 or Lord 1 (but do not let Lord 8 receive Lord 2)
5. Preferably we want the Moon separating from a free benefic and applying to another benefic, and the moon should be above earth, and we should be facing in the direction of wherever the moon happens to be at the time

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Simple elections for buying and selling

Naturally, if you are trading on a somewhat regular basis, you may not have the good fortune to be able to wait a prolonged period of time for the perfect election to come along to buy or sell your wares. Perhaps you only have a brief window to negotiate a price for the local Afghan warlord’s opium crop before exfil. For just such instances, Ramesey provides some more basic electional rules for trade (some are designed to benefit the buyer and others the seller, so bear this in mind).

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Ramesey’s House Elections for Buying and Selling

For those times when you want some more information about the sale, Ramesey describes a house based method using angles of the chart to denote the buyer, seller and the goods. These can either be used to elect a time to buy or sell, but also as event charts.

We’ll assume that you’re a CIA spook who wants to purchase the wares of the local Afghan warlord for your own nefarious, probably illegal, and likely domestic, uses.  Ramesey gives us two methods to ensure the opium we buy is topnotch and procured without too much difficulty.

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A Sun Talisman Election

Sun is dignified by domicile in Leo and is conjunct the midheaven. It’s just separated (within a degree) from Mars and is making an applying sextile to the benefic Jupiter.  The Moon is waxing and it’s next applying aspect is a conjunction to Jupiter. For London the date is 28 July 2017 and time is 1307 (1:07PM). It’s the hour of the Sun – in London it literally starts just as the Sun culminates so your drawing/inscribing/etc will have to start then and completed within about 10 minutes, although you can continue any consecrations for the rest of the Sun hour.  You can see the chart for this election below.

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Signs of luck and fortune in the nativity

Having well established the Geniture, and in particular examined the Fortitudes and Debilities of the Planets, observe if in the Scheme you find three or four Planets in their essential dignities, or if they receive one another out of such dignities, for then the heavens declare, that the Native shall enjoy a manifest and ample fortune, shall live gallantly and in much esteem, according to the quality, and above the ordinary Vogue of his Birth, and that he shall manage the actions of his whole life, for the greatest part thereof, with happy and admirable success: On the contrary, when most of the planets are either in their Falls or Detriments, or in abject houses of Heaven, or Peregrine, such persons shall generally be involved with many infelicities, one mischief ever following in the neck of another. – Christian Astrology, William Lilly

I had a question recently regarding whether someone could be born unlucky.  It’s sure to raise a few modern eyebrows, but from the Ancient Greeks all the way through the Renaissance and Medieval period, the answer would have been a resounding yes.

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