chapter twoWhen working with electional astrology, it is beneficial to begin with an examination of the birth chart. We are looking for confirmation that the natal chart supports the undertaking, and that the timing is appropriate for the electional matter. If the birth chart upholds the matter under consideration, it is much easier to have success with electional astrology. An election date cannot work miracles, but it can give you the inside edge. For example, if you are not qualified for the job youre seeking, it is unlikely that you will get it. However, if you are one of three qualified applicants, an election date will give you the advantage. Its like having the deck stacked in your favor.
the natal chart and planetary cycles
Moreover, the current planetary cycles will either aid or hinder the overall timing. A good deal depends on how these dynamics are integrated into the experience. The cycles of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto may be in effect for months or even years. Therefore, it is beneficial to understand each of these in relation to your current objective. Pay particular attention when your Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Ascendant ruler, Midheaven, or Midheaven ruler is activated by one of these cycles, as it can be a time of fresh opportunity.
Jupiter making a strong aspect to the natal chart will usually offer a number of benefits or ease of accomplishment in some area. It is often associated with matters of education, and particularly advanced studies. It can be a time of growth in spirituality or ones philosophical views, including religious attitudes. Jupiters cycles encourage expansion at every level. The downside of a Jupiter cycle is the inclination to become complacent, or even self-indulgent. It is an ideal time, however, to embrace new concepts and to explore unfamiliar territory. Jupiter making a positive aspect to the natal Sun favors elections for travel, business, advertising, publishing, and legal matters.
Saturn making a strong aspect to the natal chart represents a time to accept responsibility. It is usually associated with the need to take a serious look at your life and learn how to better manage some aspect of it. The process can be a difficult one, especially if you are not satisfied with your progress. Anything undertaken during a Saturn cycle will require dedication and hard work. However, whatever is accomplished will endure. Saturn is evenhanded, giving concrete results for the effort expended. The Saturn cycle represents a time in which resolve and self-discipline yield significant results. Saturn making a positive aspect to the natal Sun favors elections pertaining to business matters, real estate, and establishing new foundations.
Uranus making a strong aspect to the natal chart will more than likely introduce something new. Often it is a time to get rid of things, to free yourself up, and to get ready for the excitement to come. Uranus is all about a willingness to experiment, to be creative and, above all, flexible. It frequently introduces an unknown element, and will test your ability to adapt to change. This is a time to remain unfettered, and to embrace the new opportunities coming your way. When Uranus makes a positive aspect to the natal Sun, it favors elections to establish an association, to travel, to experiment with new technologies, and to legislate.
Neptune making a strong aspect to the natal chart is an invitation to embrace the nonmaterial elements of life. It will encourage action for the good of everyone, and not just for personal gain. It can open a door to creativity and spirituality. Over time, it will dissolve barriers and increase consciousness. A Neptune cycle will often require some personal sacrifice. When it is approached in that way, life can be enriched beyond expectation. However, a selfish approach often leads to abusive or addictive behavior. Neptune can inspire you to go beyond your limitations. It is also associated with increased intuition, insight, and artistic creativity. It can be a time of confusion if you are not embracing these concepts. When Neptune makes a positive aspect to the natal Sun, it favors elections to undertake creative and spiritual work, to volunteer your time, and to offer your services.
Pluto making a strong aspect to the natal chart often requires the elimination of something. The idea is to take stock of your life, get rid of what is no longer necessary, and thus make way for something better. Often referred to as the planet of death and rebirth, it may take different forms. During a Pluto transit it is necessary to go to the root of the problem and face it head-on. The reward for this process is a renewed outlook on life. Pluto is also associated with the need to revisit unresolved issues. It can help bring things out into the open. It is always a time when you can take an honest look at your life and make changes. When Pluto makes a positive aspect to the natal Sun, elections involving elective surgery, shared assets, insurance matters, taxes, and investments are often requested.
The planets associated with good luck are the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter. When they aspect your personal planets, or when they transit through a house, it is generally easier to achieve something positive. The planet Mars represents action and is often involved in creating the environment for things to happen. The Moon is very important in electional astrology.
She is the closest body to earth, and indicative of how things will progress and eventually culminate. The Moon is always a co-ruler of the person initiating the election. Therefore, the Moon should always be in a positive applying aspect with the planet ruling the matter of the election.
Mercury, planet of news, information, and agreements, should always be direct in motion on the day selected to initiate something new. The only time a retrograde condition is acceptable is when you are reworking something that has been tried before. In this instance, a willingness to make changes and reorganize your plan is necessary to the success of the undertaking. Moreover, the Moon should be in good aspect to a retrograde Mercury to ensure the best outcome.
the saturn cycleSaturn rules time and has always been connected with the need to persevere in the face of adversity. The positive keywords most often linked with a Saturn cycle are patience, resolve, dedication, tenacity, and determination. On the other end of the spectrum, it can be difficult to succeed with something during a stressful Saturn cycle. Saturns association with delays, obstructions, interference, and obligations can ambush the project. The challenging lessons so often connected with a Saturn transit will take time to integrate. At the onset of a Saturn cycle, you begin to take stock of your life, and by the completion of the cycle, only the most worthy elements of your life remain intact. It is a time to rid yourself of excess baggage, so to speak.
Since the Sun is so important in electional work, in particular with regard to business and career matters, Saturns transits to the natal Sun should be noted. Further, Saturns transits to its own natal position should also be given careful consideration. It takes Saturn approximately two-and-a-half years to pass through a sign, and approximately twenty-nine years to go completely around the birth chart. When we begin with its position at birth, Saturns seven-year cycles mark significant turning points in the life of the individual. At age seven, Saturn squares its natal position; at age fourteen, Saturn opposes its natal position; and at age twenty-one, it again squares that placement.
One of the most important times in anyones life is when Saturn transits to conjunct its own natal position. Referred to as the Saturn return, it marks a period of completion, when whatever has been the focus of your attention for the last twenty-nine years comes to fruition. If you have been living according to your own standards, it may be a time of fulfillment, and looking toward new horizons. More often, however, it is a time to reassess ones life and make a course correction. The Saturn return is always associated with endings. It is a time of maturity, when the interests of youth no longer seem as relevant as they once were. If where you are in your life is where you want to be, the Saturn return marks a time when one door closes and another opens. Otherwise, it can be a time of crisis.
Electional dates are often requested around the time of ones Saturn return, as it marks a period of endings and new beginnings. In my personal experience, as long as Saturn is not also making an adverse aspect to the natal Sun, most elections will succeed. Of course, the subject matter of the election should be evaluated, but overall it is a constructive time to begin a new endeavor.
Saturns transits to the natal Sun are very important and are most often related to career and business matters, or to ones goals and objectives. Therefore, elections pertaining to these subjects are requested more often under difficult Saturn transits to ones natal chart. When Saturn transits to conjunct the natal Sun, it signals a change in career, work, vocation, or ones objectives. It is a point of culmination, and depending upon the efforts made prior to this contact, it can be a time of honors bestowed and recognition given, or a time of endings and loss. On a lighter note, it can be associated with retirement, stepping back from a heavy workload, or taking on new studies. If Saturn is transiting in conjunction with the natal Sun, an election to start a new career, business, or other work-related endeavor will take time to succeed. It will require a great deal of commitment and hard work to get it going, but that doesnt mean it will not succeed. It does mean that there may be many obstacles to overcome, and the astrologer should inform the client accordingly.
When Saturn transits to oppose the natal Sun, there are challenges to overcome often associated with others who are not in agreement with you. This can be a difficult time to initiate something new because outside influences seem to thwart your efforts. The opposition of Saturn to the Sun can mark a period of letting go of certain obligations. Often relationships come to an end under this cycle. Most importantly, it signals a time when things have to be brought to conclusion to clear the way for new initiatives.
To a lesser extent, the transiting squares of Saturn to the natal Sun are also inhibiting, but they do not prohibit a successful outcome in an electional matter. As always, the astrologer should evaluate the chart in its entirety to determine the overall probabilities. Saturns first square to the Sun signals a time of further development. Whatever was begun at the time of Saturns conjunction to the Sun may need to be revisited. Often, the square is more about reaching within and stretching beyond ones self-imposed limitations. It may also signal a need to be more efficient and to curtail expenses. An election undertaken at the time of Sat-urns transiting square to the natal Sun may not have the degree of success desired. It may get off to a slow start, or the person may not have the stamina to see it through.
planets through the housesAs a planet transits through a house of the birth chart, it activates that area of life experience. The slower-moving planets bring gradual change over a period of time, while the faster planets exert their influence for shorter durations. It is often the case, when working with electional astrology, that an active house in the natal chart will be the focus of the electional matter. For example, when Saturn transits through the seventh house, a relationship becomes more serious. If it has been progressing well, Saturns effect is to solidify the relationship. I have often noticed Saturn transiting the clients seventh house when a marriage election date is requested.
When the first house is activated by transit, something of a personal nature comes to the fore. It may require your individual effort, and this can be a good time to commit to something of particular value to you personally. When this house is activated, you may decide to focus on your physical fitness or change your appearance. It is related to ones physical stamina, and together with the sixth house, defines ones state of health or imbalance. In electional matters, the first house always defines the person initiating the election, and should therefore be strong and free from any affliction. The planet ruling the first house, and the Moon as co-ruler, should always be as strong as possible, and in a favorable applying aspect with the ruler of the elected matter.
A transit through the second house spotlights your personal resources, assets, and innate skills. The second house has a lot to do with what you have to offer the world. Though the second house is also associated with your own money, its deeper meaning symbolizes your capacity to apply your inner resources to something of value. This is an excellent time to acquire a new skill or hone your abilities. Your personal bank account may be affected, with money coming in or going out. An election to buy, sell, or exchange money should strengthen this house.
A transit through the third house will focus attention on your daily surroundings. It stimulates contact with those in your immediate vicinity, including neighbors and siblings. You may spend more time talking on the phone, and connecting with all the people in your life. It is likely that paperwork, documents, studies, and tests will occupy your time. Since this is the house of mental activity, a transit here can set the timing for an important decision. An election to take a test, make an announcement or speech, sign papers, or mail an important document should strengthen this house.
A transiting planet through the fourth house focuses attention on family matters, the home, and one of your parents. This is the house of inner development, so it is a perfect time to reflect on what is important to you. Give attention to your deepest needs, and make whatever shifts you feel are necessary. If interacting with family, you may revisit something from the past. Also the house of endings, the fourth house shows the outcome of your elected endeavor. The focus is on this house in an election to buy or sell property.
The fifth house is the natural domain of the Sun and is considered the house of chance, fun, good times, luck, love affairs, pregnancy, and children. Transiting planets through this house may produce a run of good luck, the birth of a child, or a new creative endeavor. This is also the house of monetary gain from real estate, and should be strong in an election to sell a home or property. It is also a primary consideration in gambling elections, pregnancy, and birth.
A transit through the sixth house focuses attention on health maintenance, diet, exercise, and health care professionals. The sixth house is also about duty, service, and the things you are required to do, such as your job, work, and all other work-related activities. It describes the office where you work and your co-workers. It is also a primary consideration in the acquisition and care of small animals. An election to begin a new job, interact with co-workers, begin a health care regimen, or acquire a pet should reinforce this house.
A transit through the seventh house highlights your marriage, your relationship with a significant other, or a business partnership. This can be a good time to get married or start a partnership. When this house is activated, you may develop an important relationship, or an existing partnership may come under scrutiny. This is the house of interaction with all others, including strangers and people you hardly know. Strengthen the seventh house in an election to reach an agreement with anyone, to marry, or to begin a partnership. In legal matters, the seventh house represents the opponent. In this instance, unless a settlement is preferred, strengthen the first house. Specific rules pertaining to lawsuits are discussed in chapter 5.
When a planet transits through the eighth house, we are often dealing with money matters, but on the receiving end. This is the house of resources that come from others, including your spouse or partner. It can be a good time to ask for a loan, financial assistance, or benefits from insurance. Matters pertaining to wills, life insurance, joint bank accounts, and legacies come under the domain of the eighth house. Strengthen this house in an election to secure financial benefits, settle an insurance claim, borrow money, or ask for alimony.
The ninth house is associated with good fortune, endowments, and prosperity. It is Jupiters natural house. When a planet transits here, you may receive an award or sudden windfall. It is also the house of air travel and higher learning. When this house is activated by transit, you may travel, return to school, or discover an interest in spiritual topics. The ninth house has dominion over distant travel, publishing, licensing, attorneys services, certification, and legalization. Enhance the ninth house in an election pertaining to any of these matters.
The tenth house is associated with career, vocation, success, business, public recognition, promotion, honors, and personal achievement. This house is also allied with fame, power, and powerful people. When activated by transit, you may associate with those in high places or receive recognition for your efforts. Important people like an employer, chief executive, judge, or superior also come under the domain of the tenth house. An election to achieve success in business, gain recognition, promote your public image, or receive a favorable ruling must reinforce the tenth house. It is always beneficial to link the tenth house with the elected matter because it is the house of success.
A transit through the eleventh house brings attention to objectives as they relate to ones wishes, dreams, and desires. A transit through this house can be a time of adjustment, shifting, or letting go of something to allow more freedom in your life. It is the house of circumstances, and is related to surprises or an unexpected turnaround. The eleventh house is also the house of friends, social life, civic groups, and business income. An election for business should include an unafflicted eleventh house as well as a strong tenth house. It is also important to strengthen this house when starting a group or association.
The twelfth house is connected with all matters that require solitude, privacy, or a degree of secrecy. A transit here encourages spending time alone. Some beneficial activities include writing, meditation, spiritual practices, and any creative endeavor that requires a quiet setting. This house is also linked with hospitalization, detention, confinement, or other limiting conditions. Therefore, it is best to delay new action when the twelfth house is activated by transit. It is appropriate to clean house, so to speak, and get rid of things. It may be a time to let go of whatever or whoever hinders your lifestyle. An election for surgery involving a hospital stay should feature good alignments between the eighth and twelfth houses. Strengthen the twelfth house in an election to enter the hospital or a rehabilitation facility.