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Election for Secrecy and Invisibility

Nothing is secret which shall not be made manifest.

The Gospel of Luke

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. It is also an example of the complexity of traditional astrology.
In this week's chart the Moon is combust. The English astrologer William Lilly says that, "A Planet is said to be Combust of the Sun, when in the same sign where the Sun is, he is not distant from the Sun eight degrees and thirty minutes, either before or after the Sun." Christian Astrology, page 113. He goes on to say that, "A Planet is said to be still under the Sun-beams, until he is fully elongated or distant from his body 17 degrees, either before or after him." Christian Astrology, page 113.
Combustion is generally considered to be a great affliction as the planet itself is blotted out by the Sun, so its strength is considered to be greatly diminished. Yet despite this, combustion can be quite useful. The medieval Italian astrologer Guido Bonatti says,

Renaissance Sun and Moon
"And when [the Moon] is under the rays of the Sun she signified secrets and things that have been hidden, and also she signifies matters that must be hidden; wherefore, at that time it is good to manage things that must be hidden and do those things which we wish to conceal from people before the Moon should be separated from the the Sun, but to be sure, at the time after she is separated from the Sun, [we must do] those things which we want to be hidden before she goes out from the Sun's rays."

Liber Astronomiae Book III (Arhat ed.) page 38.
This is quite interesting. Not being able to see the Moon because of the brightness of the Sun is an advantage when we seek secrecy. We also pick a time when the Moon is separating from combustion because, "...the impediment is greater when she is going to the Sun than when she is going from him..." Guido Bonatti Animae Astrologiae Aphorism 5 (JustUs ed) page 2. This use of combustion is quite common in our traditional sources. In addition to the authors already mentioned the English astrologer William Ramesey mentions it in connection with second house elections and it appears in the Centiloquim of Hermes. Astrologia Restaurata Bk. III, page 135; John Partridge, Mikropanastron Aphorism 81, page 291.
Finally, the Key of Solomon a 16th century grimoire gives various instructions for experiments of invisibility. The Key of Solomon suggests, "For love, grace, and invisibility, the Moon should be in a Fiery Sign, viz. :-Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius." or that operations for invisibility be put to practice on the first [Mars], second [Sun] and third [Venus] hours of a Mars day or the third hour [Mars] of the night of a Mars day. (Mathers ed.) pages 13, 81.
Chart produced by Solar Fire 5
However, the Key of Solomon does go on to say,

"But if these things seem unto thee difficult to accomplish, it will suffice thee merely to notice the Moon after her combustion, or conjunction with the Sun, especially just when she quits his beams and appeareth visible."

"For then it is good to make all experiments for the construction and operation of any matter. That is why the time from the New unto the Full Moon is proper for performing any of the experiments of which we have spoken above."

"But in her decrease or wane it is good for War, Disturbance, and Discord. Likewise the period when she is almost deprived of light, is proper for experiments of invisibility, and of Death."

"But observe inviolably that thou commence nothing while the Moon is in conjunction with the Sun, seeing that this is extremely unfortunate, and that thou wilt then be able to effect nothing; but the Moon quitting his beams and increasing in Light, thou canst perform all that thou desirest, observing nevertheless the directions in this Chapter."

(Mathers ed.) pages 13-14.

At the elected time and date, May 12, 2002 at 9:48 am EDT (+4) at Cleveland Park, a Washington, D.C. neighborhood, 38 N 56 77 W 03, the Moon separates from combustion with the Sun. It is the planetary hour of the Moon. The Moon is dignified by exaltation and in the benefic 11th house. The fact that she is void of course is beneficial in these circumstances because we don't want anything to happen, we want to keep everything secret!
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