Author's Introduction
What I am going to do here is something similar to what I have been doing on Prodigy. I am going to be talking about the discoveries and lore of ancient and medieval astrology. The main difference between these postings and those on Prodigy is that these will be a bit more technical. I know that not everyone on Alt.Astrology is an expert but actually you don't need to be much of an expert to understand the old astrology. Those who could justifiably be called "experts" in modern astrology actually have to learn as much as the beginners. The concepts are quite simple, but become complicated in the putting together. But this should not be a surprise. This is just as true of modern astrology. Anyhow here is my first note.

The Lot or Part of Fortune


Part 1

Most astrologers have encountered the Part (or Lot as the Greeks called it) of Fortune, but have little idea of what to do with it. The modern literature on the subject is of little help tending to make it an extremely abstract symbol, something "karmic." To complicate things further, it is now clear that for approximately 50% of all people the Part of Fortune is usually computed incorrectly, namely those persons born at night between sunset and sunrise. I'll come back to that in a moment. The Part of Fortune is computed in the following manner:

Day Births: Fortune = Ascendant + Moon - Sun
Night Births: Fortune = Ascendant + Sun - Moon

These formulae should be interpreted as in this way: compute the longitudes of the Ascendant, Moon and Sun as measured from 0 degrees of Aries. This is done according to the table below.

Aries Add 0 . Libra Add 180
Taurus Add 30 . Scorpio Add 210
Gemini Add 60 . Sagittarius Add 240
Cancer Add 90 . Capricorn Add 270
Leo Add 120 . Aquarius Add 300
Virgo Add 150 . Pisces Add 330

Let's say someone has an Ascendant of 20 Virgo, a Moon of 4 Aries, and a Sun at 17 Aquarius. An Ascendant of 20 Virgo means a Descendant of 20 Pisces. Since the Sun is between the Ascendant and the Descendant, this is a night birth so we use the night birth formula.

Ascendant 20 Virgo + 150 = 170
Sun 17 Aquarius + 300 = 317
Moon 4 Aries + 0 = 4

Fortune = 170 + 317 - 4 = 483. This is more than 360 so we subtract 360 from the total. 483 - 360 = 123. The Part of Fortune is 3 Leo.
If the Sun were at 9 Cancer with this Ascendant and Moon, the chart would be a day birth so we would use the Day formula.

Ascendant 20 Virgo + 150 = 170
Moon 4 Aries + 0 = 4
Sun 9 Cancer + 90 = 99

Fortune = 170 + 4 - 99 = 75. This is less than 360 so we don't need to do anything more. This gives us a Part of Fortune of 15 Gemini.

The reason why most people who are born at night have been given the wrong Part of Fortune is that most of the modern authorities have used the day formula for night births! This is because one ancient authority, Ptolemy, seemed to advocate doing all charts with the day formula. We are now fairly certain from our new translation of Ptolemy and his ancient commentators that he did not intend this. Most other ancient sources advocated using the day formula for day births and the night formulas for night and so did the medieval astrologers. And these people knew what to do with the Part of Fortune.

Let me conclude this note by giving a very brief description of what the Part of Fortune is. The Part of Fortune is used to describe the basic way in which the individual is physically connected with the surrounding world. It is one of the significators of the body and health, and it is the primary significator of prosperity, and also career as it relates to prosperity. But the method of using it will come as a bit of a surprise. This is one of the most important discoveries that Project Hindsight has made. In my next note I'll go into that.(R. Hand, 02/16/96)

Copyright 1996-2011 © by Robert Hand.

Our thanks to tees.reitsma@astronet.idn.nl (Tees Reitsma) for initiating contact with Mr. Hand and securing his permission to post this material to the Oracle-a list. And our thanks to Mr. Hand for giving us permission to post his material here.

Mr. Hand also posts on Prodigy. He has said: "It seems that people are wondering why I have been putting my notes on Prodigy. The answer is simple. They asked me to. This does not stop me from putting stuff on Alt.Astrology. The only reason that I haven't done so thus far is time. I program three days a week at Astrolabe, and translate, edit and write the other four. As some of you may know, I am editor and principle Latin translator of Project Hindsight. We have been doing translations of ancient and medieval astrology texts now for almost three years and have published over 2000 pages of translations and commentary. If anyone is interested in further information on Project Hindsight, we have a web page at Project Hindsight. Small warning: have your modem at maximum speed. The graphics take a long time to load."

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