Using Online Websites for Fixed Star Elections
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
While it is best to use full chart elections for fixed stars, many people do not know how to read an astrological chart sufficiently to do this. On this page I will discuss a number of different online alternatives to full chart fixed star elections. Originally on this page I had explained how to use the US Naval Observatory website which has online software that gives the rising and transiting/culminating times for fixed stars. Unfortunately, I discovered that the USNO site uses a different methodology than astrological software and thus sometimes the times line up and other times the elections are widely divergent, making the USNO website unuseable for astrological fixed star elections. This is not to say that the USNO website was giving "wrong" answers, it's just using a methodology that we as traditional astrologers don't use. So you don't need to panic if you been using the USNO site for elections. I just think we are better going forwad using traditional astrological methodology.
So my first suggestion is not free, but is an excellent resource for traditional astrology and fixed star elections, the online astrological software AstroApp. There is a special traditional astrology edition that I provided suggestions for that includes fixed star elections that are the equivalent of full chart elections. You need to subscribe and spend a bit of time learning how to use AstroApp, but you do not need to learn how to do full chart elections, AstroApp does this for you.
The other alternative is to use free online astrological software to determine the rising degree. Each fixed star is at a particular degree and if you get the time that that degree rises at your location, you have the rising time of the fixed star and can use it for consecration elections. My suggestion is to the use the "Calculate your Ascendant" calculator at astrologycafe.com.
- Scroll down the page to the Ascendant Calculator. It says, "Your Ascendant and its Signification"
- Even though the calculator talks about date of birth, time of birth and city of birth, we are going to be using this to elect a time in future to consecrate a fixed star talisman, so we will NOT be entering birth information.
- Instead enter the date and where you want to consecrate the talisman and set 12:30 am as the starting time for the election.
- For the location type in the name of the city where you want to consecrate the talisman. A drop down menu of possible locations will pop up. Select the correct location.
- Click "next"
- Now you will get the next page which will list "Your Ascendant" and then the number of degrees and minutes in a particular sign. Look at the example to right. This one says "Your Ascendant" and then 23 degrees and 40 minutes of Aries.
- We now know for our chosen location and date what the Ascendant or rising degree is at 12:30 am (30 minutes after midnight). Now we are going to move forward in the day until we get to the degree of our chosen fixed star.
- Here are the degrees of the 15 fixed stars we focus on for astrological talismans:
- Algol 26 Taurus
- Pleiades 0 Gemini
- Aldebaran 10 Gemini
- Capella 22 Gemini
- Sirius 14 Cancer
- Procyon 26 Cancer
- Regulus 0 Virgo
- Wing of Corvus, either Gienah 10 Libra or Algorab 13 Libra 40 (I use Gienah)
- Spica 24 Libra
- Arcturus 24 Libra
- Alkaid 27 Virgo
- Alphecca 12 Scorpio
- Antares 9 Sagittarius
- Vega 15 Capricorn
- Deneb Algedi 23 Aquarius
- So now we start moving forward to find the time when the degree of our chosen fixed star rises. We move forward by clicking "New Ascendant" under the text for the sign.
- So we can move forward methodically or we can jump ahead. The methodical method is to just move forward from 12:30 am in 2 hour increments (approximately one sign) so 12:30 am then 2:30 am, then 4:30 am, etc. until you get to the correct sign for your fixed star.
- Alternatively you can jump forward. Take a look at the diagram of the 12 Zodiacal signs above to right. These 12 signs all rise in within 24 hours, rotating counter-clockwise. It takes approximately 2 hours per sign. In my example, 12:30 am is 23 Aries. If I wanted to do a Spica talisman with Spica at 24 Libra, I can see that 24 Libra will rise in approximately 12 hours, so I can jump to 12:30 pm.
- Once you get to the correct sign move forward in smaller increments until you get to the proper degree of the sign for your chosen fixed star. If you go past, move backwards.
- Ok, so when you have the time the fixed star rises, this is the midpoint of your consecration. Start the consecration 10-15 minutes beforehand and end the consecration 10-15 after the midpoint time when the fixed star rises.
Procyon talisman election example. Procyon is at 26 Cancer. So starting with July 23, 2017 at 12:30 am at my location, Iowa City, IA, we have an Ascendant of 7 Taurus. We can move forward 2 hours to 2:30 am on July 23, 2017 and get an Ascendant of 15 Gemini. Then 2 more hours to 4:30 am, which is 13 Cancer. Almost there. Now let's try smaller increments, a degree usually takes about 2-3 minutes to rise and we are 13 degrees away so let's try 30 minutes, which would be 5 am. 5am is 19 Cancer. Let's try 5:30 am, that's 25 Cancer. Very close! Let's try 5:33 am, that's exactly 26 Cancer. We would start our consecration at 5:23 am, ten minutes before the rising degree time and end the consecration at 5:43 am 10 minutes after the degree rising time.
Here's another example using the Atlas for Astrology at Astrotheme.
Let's use Spica again, located at 24 Libra and let's use December 1, 2017 as our chosen date, with the example location Chicago, Illinois. As you can see in Example 1, I've changed the date to December 1, 2017. I've also typed in "Chicago, IL" The program will prompt you with possible cities with similar names. Type in the name or select the city from the drop down menu. Click "next" and then check to see if the calculator has the right city. There's a drop down menu of cities with the same name. Once you get the right city click "next"
Once we have selected the correct date and location, we can leave the preset time as 12:00 pm and click "Next" to get the "Your Data" page. Click "next" on the Your Data page. You can see an example of the atlas output in Example 2.
This gives us some useful astronomical data for 12:30 pm on December 1, 2017 for Chicago, IL. It automatically adjusts for local time which is Central Standard Time (CST) -6 of GMT/UT, shown here as Universal Time. But for us, the most useful information is "AS" or the degree of the Ascendant and "MC" or the degree of the Midheaven.
This tells us what degree is rising, i.e. on the Eastern horizon, the Ascendant, and what degree is directly overhead, the Midheaven. Either of these degrees is fine for a fixed star talisman.
So in Example 2 for 12:00 pm on December 1, 2017 for Chicago IL we can see "AS 0 55 Pisces" or Ascendant or rising degree is 0 degrees Pisces and 55 minutes and "MC 14 27 Sagittarius" or the Midheaven or culminating degree is 14 degrees Sagittarius and 27 minutes.
It is fine to round off to the degree.
What we need to do now is adjust the time, until the degree of the chosen fixed star either rises or culminates, in this case 24 Libra for Spica. Let's have Spica rising.
So starting with 12:00 pm with 0 Pisces rising, how do we adjust the time? Take a look at the Zodiac diagram. The entire 12 signs of the Zodiac all rise in 24 hours, approximately 2 hours per sign. The signs rotate clockwise. 0 Pisces to 24 Libra is 7 signs plus 6 degrees, so about 14 hours, which puts us at 2 am on December 2, 2017.
Let's try inputing that date and time for Chicago in the Astrological Atlas widget. Click "new computation" to get back to the main page and then input the new data and click "next"
At 2:00 am on December 2, 2017 we have "AS 10 45 Libra" or 10 degrees 45 minutes of Libra rising, which is about 14 degrees, from 24 Libra, the degree of our chosen fixed star Spica.
That's about 30 minutes. Let's try 2:30 am, input 2:30 am on December 2. 2:30 am gives us 16 Libra rising. We keep moving in smaller increments of time forward, inputing the new data into the Astrological Atlas widget.
Set's try 3:00 am, that's 22 Libra. 3:05 am is 23 Libra and finally the last input we get 3:08 am December 2, 2017 for Chicago IL which is 24 Libra, when Spica rises, which you can see in Example Three.
So we have the midpoint of our time range for the election. We can start about 10-15 minutes before the midpoint and stop 10-15 minutes after the midpoint, so start around 2:47-2:58am and stop 3:18-3:23am. We want to actually create the talisman during this time and at least start, if not finish our consecration election during this time range.
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