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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An election for exorcism and house cleansing from Bonatti

And if someone wished to eject or expel phantasms or some harmful spirit (which is called the Devil by certain people) from some place or home, or some harmful thing either terrible or infesting the inhabitants of that place, or [if] in some person there were some violent motions (which is called demonic), and you wished to administer some medicine or perform some exorcism or the like, and you wanted to elect for him the hour fit for it, adapt the Ascendant and its Lord, and beware lest the Ascendant be Cancer or Leo or Scorpio or Aquarius; not let the Moon be in one of those signs; let the Ascendant be whatever [other] one you wanted, and its Lord free, and let [not] the Moon be in any one of them, joined to some benefic, nor let her be impeded.

Guido Bonatti, Book of Astronomy p.769 (translated by Benjamin Dykes)

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Natal Insights

I’ve had some requests recently from people who could not afford the full natal reading but nevertheless wanted some insight on a particular matter described in their natal chart.  Natal Insights are a way to do exactly that and allow you to focus in on a particular area such as love, career, wealth etc at a much reduced cost as compared to a full natal reading.


On ocassion I’m moved to create talismans at carefully elected times when a particular planetary or celestial object is strongly dignified.  Some of these I will be offering for sale and will be available under the Talismans tab.  I currently have three Venus talismans for Love, Luck and Fertility that were created when Venus was essentially dignified in Taurus.  These Venus talismans are available for sale here.

Picatrix on Propositional Faith

Furthermore, they ought to believe firmly in the works that they do with images, so that what they do will be true and without doubt, nor should they harbour doubts concerning its effectiveness, since this work is not done in order to test or prove whether it be true or not, rather, they should have faith in their mind that it be true. By this the rational spirit is strengthened, and joined to that virtue of the upper world from which proceeds the celestial spirit that acts in the image; and in this way, what is desired will come to pass.

Thus it is necessary to believe firmly, because it is by this that the image will have the power to call upon the cooperation, and of all the primary and principal intelligences, and all the intermediate intelligences. Among all these intelligences, the human soul or intellect is clearly the lowest that can call upon the cooperation of others, and then only when it operates and cooperates with a firm and full intention and diligence with the greatest solicitude. This is called faith in a proposition. In other works of craftsmanship, if the craftsman is not diligent, solicitude and full intention can accomplish the work, but only rarely in making images will this function and complete the work. – Latin Picatrix, translated by Greer and Warnock

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