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|
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
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.
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