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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Astrological Chart of the Week
For the Week of October 15-21, 2001

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Election of Venus and Mars for Marriage

Marriage is the clue to human life, but there is no marriage apart from the wheeling Sun and the nodding Earth, from the straying of the Planets and the magnificence of the fixed stars.

D.H. Lawrence

This week's chart is an example of Electional Astrology which allows us to pick the most auspicious days and times to take action or begin an activity. While we may be familiar with the use of birth horoscopes for people, everything including animals, buildings, corporations and even marriages has a birth chart which can tell us what the subsequent growth and fate of the thing born at the moment will be. By choosing the time and date of the birth of something we can affect the course of its existence.
The English astrologer William Lilly advises us to look first to the first and seventh houses in a marriage question. Of Marriage Christian Astrology page 302. We look to see what sign is on the cusp of the first and the seventh houses and the planet that rules that sign signify the elector (person using the election or in this case initiating the marriage) and their intended spouse. At the time chosen for our election October 19, 2001 at 8:15 am EDT (+4) in Washington, D.C. 38 N 55, 77 W 03, Scorpio rises and Taurus is on the cusp of the seventh, so Mars and Venus are the significators of the spouses in this question.

Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
Venus is dignified by sign and well placed in the 11th house of hopes and dreams. Mars is dignified by exaltation, but in the cadent third house.
It is important that the significators of the spouses be strong in any election, but I have observed in questions regarding relationships that if a significator is not strong that it means the person is either unwilling, unable or unsuitable for the relationship. Definitely to be avoided in a marriage election!
In any election we look to the Moon and she is particularly important in this election as she separates from a sextile of Mars and applies to a sextile of Venus thus making a connection between the two significators.
In addition Lilly notes that if the Moon applies to the Lord of the Seventh that " doth signifie the Querent shall have his or her desire, yet with many petitions, solicitations and prayers" Of Marriage Christian Astrology page 302.
In marriage elections it is also important that Venus be strong. The English astrologer William Ramesey says,
But whatever you do, be sure you fortifie Venus, and see that she be not Cadent, Retrograde or Combust, nor in her Fall or Detriment, nor in any malevolent configuration with the Infortunes, for it is impossible that the Marriage be good where Venus is impotent or afflicted; neither can it be very bad if she be strong and well aspected of the Fortunes...
Astrologia Restaurata Bk. III, Section 8, Chapter 1, page 176.
Marriage of Eros and Psyche
Lilly also notes that "Also, if the Moon doe apply to Venus, and she strong, encreasing in her motion, and in some of her owne Dignities, and the Moon likewise, the Marriage shall be concluded" Aphorismes of Al Kindus Touching Marriage Christian Astrology page 303.
We also note that the election is for Venus day (Friday) and the planetary hour of Venus. The astrologer Henry Coley says of the planetary hour of Venus that it is, "...singularly good for marriage and contracting in Matrimony, &c." In the Hour of Venus Clavis Astrologiae Elimata Book 2, Section IV.
Ramesey also recommends that the Ascendant be in particular signs in a marriage election, he notes that, "The first fifteen degrees of Scorpio are good to Marry a Maid or Virgin in, for that it denotes she will be obedient, good and chaste, also loving to her husband..." Astrologia Restaurata Bk. III, Section 8, Chapter 1, page 176.
As it is a rare election that has no negative factors I would be remiss if I didn't point out some problems with this chart. The key to electional astrology is to minimize the negative and accentuate the positive within the necessary time frame. First of all, I'm not sure how many people would want to get married at 8:15 am on a Friday. Next, the Moon is peregrine and we would prefer to see her a little stronger. Finally, Ramesey says that the tenth house and its ruler shows how the couple will get along after marriage. Here the ruler of the tenth is the Sun and the Sun is in fall. This is probably the only real astrological factor marring an otherwise very nice election.


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