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Electional Astrology: Auspicious Alignment on Saturday

Posted by on May 14, 2007 at 10:44 am7 Comments

Like many astrologers I try to keep an eye out for especially auspicious periods in the future to begin projects. This is what is generally known as electional astrology; the application of astrological principles to determine an auspicious moment to begin a venture or undertaking. Sometimes circumstance only allows you to make the best of the planetary alignments that you have available to you due to time constraints when you are about to begin something, but other times when the time constraints are a bit more relaxed you can find some really good periods astrologically. This period towards the end of May is one of those really good time frames that I have had my eye on for a couple of years now.

There are a few very auspicious days this month for starting various types of ventures, but Saturday the 19th of May is one that stands out in particular. I had noticed this period a few years ago simply because so many of the planets are in their own signs, and when a planet is in its own sign it is usually a very positive indication for the significations that the planet is usually inclined to provide.

In Hellenistic astrology the signs of the zodiac were very concretely conceptualized as the homes or dwelling places of the 7 visible planets. When a planet is in its own sign it is like a person who is living in their own home and thus is able to sleep in thier own bed, cook their own food, listen to the type of music that they like, and generally do the things that are the most conducive to their own nature and productivity. This month several of the visible planets are spending some time in thier own signs, and on Saturday we have a very nice set up for an electional chart that would be useful for several different types of ventures. Below is the electional chart for Saturday, May 19th set for approximately 3:10 pm in New York, NY.

Some general points about the chart:

  • This is a diurnal chart with the Sun in Taurus in the earth trigon. All three trigon lords of the sect light are angular, and pretty well dignified.
  • The Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter are in thier own signs.
  • With Libra rising the domicile lord of the 1st house is placed in the 10th house, in the same sign as its domicile lord, the Moon, which is applying to a conjunction with Venus within just a few degrees.
  • Mercury is dignified in its own sign, Gemini, in the 9th house of science, travel, philosophy, astrology, etc.
  • Mercury is applying to an opposition with Jupiter who is also dignified in his own sign and placed in the 3rd house, albeit retrograde.
  • Mars is acting as the contrary to the sect malefic and its strength and position in the 7th house could indicate some problems from opposing parties, but as a trigon lord this may still turn out to be quite useful.
  • Saturn in its anti-domicile in Leo, but it is acting a bit more constructively in this chart since it is diurnal, and Saturn shouldn’t pose many problems.
  • In the above chart the Lot of Fortune is in Scorpio, but the time can be adjusted to be a bit later in the afternoon so that it falls in Sagittarius, thus making its domicile lord a dignified Jupiter. This would actually be highly recommended, although just make sure that you keep the ascendant in Libra and the Moon applying to Venus.

I think that that covers most of the main points of the election, although I’m sure that there are a few others that sliped my mind at the moment.

Credits to my friend Patrick Watson for the link to the article with the pic of the Venus-Moon conjunction.

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Chris is a practicing astrologer from Denver, Colorado, USA. He is the former President of the Association for Young Astrologers, as well as the former Research Director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. He offers personal consultations and teaches online classes through his website at

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  • Patrick says:

    Not only that, but if you time it so that Fortune is in Sagittarius then you also get Spirit in 10th from Fortune in Virgo, so when you zodiacally release from Spirit, it is already in its F10 period on L1. This also means that both the lords of Fortune, Spirit and Exaltation are in their own domiciles. Big stuff. We’ll see if it works…

  • sam says:

    an excellent time to start my porno company!

  • Meredith says:

    Shame I won’t be in NY for the election. I wonder how the ascendant shift from NY to my own location would affect the chart for better, or for worse? I’m going to give it a shot to ‘start’ completing some work.

  • April says:

    Hi Chris – I do a lot of wedding date electionals and I’ve been recommending this date to folks all year. Nice to get some validation from someone using the Hellenistic POV. And of course, now I can tell those lucky couples that they’ll be sharing an anniversary with Sam’s Porno Emporium and Shoppe. (Thanks, too, for the link, Chris – I’ve hooked you up over at my shop as well.)

  • Indeed it was Sammy. Indeed it was…

    April – it is nice to hear that there are other astrologers out there who are coming to the same conclusions about auspicious elections that I am. So it goes both ways. Love your blog by the way. I hope that you are recovering well from your computer problems.


  • Help! I need to see what I am doing wrong.

    I am an oldtime astrologer who used to set up all my charts by the old fashioned method by using my brain, pencil, paper and books galore. I used to use Sophia Mason method of setting up diurnnal charts.

    Now I am having trouble with setting up my diurnal charts.

    I know that to set up a diuranal chart you need to add the sideral time of the day that you want to look up, plus your basic number. The basic number consists of your real time of birth plus the corrections.

    Now in the past when ever I set up a diurnal chart the transiting sun would be located in the same house has my natal sun.

    And that on your birthday the ascendant on the diurnal chart will be the same sign and degree of your birth. But it is not working out that way.

    I have tried different peoples charts and I can not seem to get the transiting sun on the day in question to be located in the same house as when they were born.

    For example the sideral time on the day of my birth was 4:23:40. The transiting sun would always be located in my 5th house on my birthday.

    Now this May 28, 2007 the sideral time on that day is 16:20 38 and the transiting Gemini sun is located in the 11 house.

    Can anyone tell me if this is right?

    Since the sideral time in 2007 is almost 12 hours different that would put the transiting sun in a different house. Why?

    Thank you for any input you can give me.

    Also if you could confirm for me that the basic number of a person born on Aug 23, 1954 at 8:29 AM in Yuma Ariz 114 W 37, 32N44 Mountain S.T is 19:55:06 I would be so delighted!

    Colleen Walsh

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