Astrologer Wendy Stacey


Quick Tips for Beginners
Electing a Moment in Time

Trying to elect a ‘good’ date and time for an event can sometimes feel like an exhausting task.  It is important to realise that it will be highly unlikely to find a time for an event that has all the beneficial placements within a practical window of time available.  Finding the best favoured moment or opportunity within the time frame you have is often all you can be expected to do, be it for a marriage, business start up, exchanging contracts, surgery etc.

One of the general rules for electing a chart is ensuring that the elected time corresponds well with the natal chart of the person involved in the election.  If an elected chart is afflicted with the natal chart then it is of no real benefit. The nature of the event must first be explored in the natal chart and the planets and house rulers of the event should be well placed in the elected chart.  For example, if you were purchasing a property house and your second and fourth house of your natal chart were ruled by Mars and Mercury, it would be helpful to have those planets harmoniously aspected and placed in the elected chart.

It is also helpful to get additional information from the natal chart’s progressions, transits and returns, so these too correspond well with the election as far as possible, and give some evidence of the nature of the event.

Thinking practically is essential when doing an election - unfortunately I learnt this the hard way! When I elected my own wedding date, I thought the astrology was well considered.  I elected good aspects between the Ascendant and seventh house ruler, Sun and Moon, a well placed Saturn and an angular Venus: all with the appropriate significators making good aspects to both my husband’s and my natal chart’s.  I managed to find this within the very short time span I had to work with.  The wedding did not occur at the elected time however, as I had no knowledge or inclination for national football.  I had managed to choose a time where I was delayed in traffic for almost two hours due to the FA Cup final so instead got married with Pluto conjoined a Scorpio Ascendant!  Some may say this is ‘fate’ but I am more inclined to think that it is important to understand and emphasise the practicalities of electing a time. Another example could be launching a new retail business, which has a limited time span for which it is practically viable to open, such as normal business hours; therefore the actual opening of a physical office out of business hours would not be advantageous. Of course times are changing and subsequently, so are the scopes of time for launches and events. We now have the ability to upload a website at any time, register a company at Companies House in person during the day (whereas previously we would settle for a midnight chart), or get married in various locations and time zones. Times for purchasing a property or a car, or scheduling a surgery may have limitations with time however; therefore practical constraints always need to be measured.

Firstly, you need to decide what the significators you need to elect a time for. The significators are the descriptors of the event, and will include planets, houses and rulerships.  If you are electing a time to purchase a property then you may want to consider the fourth and second houses of the election (and natal) chart; the rulers of those houses: the placements of the Moon which represents the home: Venus which represents the asset: Mercury for the exchange of contracts and completion: and of course Saturn for the structure.

The Ascendant (and its ruler) of the elected time should ideally be in good harmonious aspect to the main significators and rulers of the relevant houses. For example, if you are thinking of purchasing a property, you may find a four degrees Virgo Ascendant is beneficial if the degree and Mercury are in good aspect with Venus (ruler of the 2nd house), Jupiter (ruler of the 4th), the Moon and Saturn.  

When the Moon is new, full or void of course it is not generally the best time for electing a moment. Ideally the Moon would be waxing and both the Moon and its dispositor applying to a good aspect to the Sun and all of the other significators. The Moon, which is the fastest satellite you are working with, needs priority as much as possible to be harmoniously placed to the significators.

Saturn can bring an element of permanency, structure and ‘glue’ and is best placed off the angles and ideally stress free aspects. Mars is also best kept off the angles. Outer planets should ideally be placed well inside the succedent houses. If unavoidable, an affliction between outer planets can be tempered with harmonious aspects to the significators or angles.  Dignified planets, planets in exaltation or in mutual reception are also of benefit.  Likewise, significators placed in detriment or in fall are not usually helpful.

Venus and Jupiter are best positioned in good (applying) aspect to the Ascendant, chart ruler, main significators, their depositories and rulers of the houses that are relevant to the event. Venus and Jupiter are usually beneficial when placed on an angle but once again, depending on the nature of the event; it is not always appropriate and should be considered with the natal chart. Charles Harvey spoke of an example of an elected wedding where the couple had Jupiter on the M.C, yet the wedding cost the father of the bride an unexpected fortune! Thus, planets on the angles still require some practical consideration when considering the event.

I must add that horary technique may demand further and more stringent practices than I have given in this short paper. Also, depending on the branch of astrology that you work with, rulerships will vary between traditional, medieval and contemporary branches. 

As mentioned, it is unlikely to find the ‘perfect’ astrological moment. Indeed, it is debatable that there is one. To find the most fruitful time in the window available is about ensuring you have the correct significators, prioritised them and rulerships, place them in the most harmonious (or at least free from affliction as possible.  The most important factor however is ensuring you are working in conjunction with the natal chart(s).

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