An election from Sahl for applying for a loan

The electional conditions are as follows:

1. Moon in Leo (but not in its first bound), Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces or Aquarius, but not in their first degrees. Do not let the moon be in Gemini
2. Do not let the Ascendant be Leo, Gemini, Sagittarius, or Capricorn*

*Benjamin Dykes mentions that Sahl took this election from Dorotheus, but that Dorotheus advised that the Ascendant should not be in Capricorn and that he says nothing of it not being in Sagittarius.

As in all wealth elections, it’s wise to strengthen the 2nd house and its Lord, Jupiter, and where possible, the dispositor of the Lord of the Second. (Bonatti, Liber Astronomiae, Treatise 7, p706).

In our example set for London, it’s Wednesday 27 September at 08:20. Hopefully your bank manager is up early, or, as is usually the case, you are applying online at this time.

The Moon is at 25′ Sagittarius in the 3rd house which is the house of the Joy of the Moon. It’s next applying aspect is a sextile to Jupiter, the greater benefic, who is in our first house. The ascendant itself is at 18′ Libra. The Lord of the Second House who is peregrine. This is not so good, but is probably a good sign that the loan is needed. The dispositor of the Lord of the second house is Mercury who is dignified by rulership and exaltation in the 11th house, the house of hopes and ambitions.

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