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The Triplicity Lords, Domicile Lord of the Hour Marker and the Lots

In this post I'll elaborate a little of the Domicile Lord of the Hour Marker - the Ruler of the Ascendant, in modern terms. I'll also say something about the Lots of Fortune and Spirit. I'm also going to give some examples from my own chart because that might help you overcome some of the more technical and therefore new astrological statements.

First I'd just like to say something of the Triplicity Lords of the Sect Light. It this case, those are Venus and Mars, the day and night rulers of the Water Triplicity and the Moon, which is the co-operating or supporting ruler. Two of these are benefic in nature, Venus and the Moon, though both are out of sect, as it is a day chart. (the Sun is in the top half). The other one, Mars is also out of sect but is a malefic and in this chart the planet likely to provide most difficulties.

Being a Day Chart, Venus has influence over the first part of life. Venus is well placed in the ninth and is configured by trine to the Ascendant. A point I will come back on when I look at her role as Ascendant Ruler. Being out of sect, Venus will not be the best planet in the chart, that role falls to Jupiter. However, Venus will be at worst neutral and most likely positive in terms of influence. There is no clear definition of what the first part of life actually is. There does not appear to be a clear dividing line at say, age 35 or 30. In my own case, it seems to me that the division came around the age of 50, when Mercury gave way to Saturn. So I want to stress one thing here. Like you I had the better Triplcity Ruler, Mercury, in the first part of my life. In modern terms it is in conjunction with my tenth house ruler, Venus and Mercury certainly influenced my career in teaching. Like you the second part of my life is influenced by the Out of Sect Malefic, in my case Saturn and it's squares to Mercury and Venus reflect real issues in my career and afterwards. However those issues tended to fade into the background apart from an issue around the transition. So don't think that Mars influence has to be constantly a high level attack on your life. But it does put something of an obstacle there that you will have to negotiate at various stages.

One point that is mentioned is the placement of the Triplicity rulers. It they are well placed they tend to indicate stability during life. Neutral placements suggest a life that is middling. Poor placements suggests ups and downs or a life that is not very stable. My three Triplicity rulers are in angular Places and Fixed signs. So that means that life is going to be reasonably stable, though the shift to Saturn in the second part is going to introduce a more challenging environment. Your Triplicity rulers are spread more than mine. You have one in a good place and two in idle places. Also from another perspective, all your placements are in cadent signs ('Declines' in Hellenistic Astrology). So I think your life is more likely to exhibit change than mine. I don't want to over emphasise that. Your placements are in mutable or 'double bodied signs'. So it's possible that you see more of a two fold phase to your life.

Venus is your Ascendant Ruler and this suggests the 'House' in which it is placed will be significant in your life. That doesn't mean that it will dominate all other activities or that it will be constant in effect. It does mean that it will have some significance. Outsiders will tend to identify you with that particular area of life,.

In your case, as we have seen Venus lies in the ninth house or place. Although this is a cadent or decline house it is a 'Good Decline' indeed it is the best Decline house in the chart. My Ascendant Ruler but contrast is the Sun, which lies in the Third House, which is also a Decline but not as good ast the ninth. It is however better than the sixth or the twelfth, the other two Decline Places.

Like the third, the Ninth is associated with a range of topics, even in Hellenistic Times. The main ones are:

Travel and being away from home, including foreign lands and foreigners. Later medieval Astrology qualified this by insisting that the travel involved passing over water or long distances, and these meanings are still held today. For the Hellenistic Astrologer all Decline Houses had some ling to travel or foreigners. The ninth offers the better experience.

Religion, religious observance, philosophy, piety, philosophy, priests/priestesses. Again in later periods, the ninth was reserved for prevailing accepted religion - such as Christianity in Western Europe or the US - however that distinction was not made in Hellenistic times. So it would, by modern standards also include religions such as Wicca,

Divination By various methods. Astrology was included here, but so would any form of divination practiced at the time. That would now include Tarot, scrying, I Ching, and a host of others. It also includes anything that would be considered occult.

Kings, sovereigns and authorities This would seem odd by modern standards, as we would associate political authority with the tenth place. The rationale appears to be that the ninth was considered the Place of God and Kings were associated with the Divine. We still have some of the remnants of this placement in the modern Astrology because we place Law, judges and courts in this house. However, to use a modern UK example the courts are still the Queen's Courts and we still have the Royal Courts of Justice. The King or political authority was seen as being the fount of law. And that holds even in a divided system like the US Constitution. The Courts may not be the President's Courts but they are State or US Courts and the Constitution vests part of Political Authority (in it's widest sense) in the court system.

So there's a wide range of possible manifestations that could flow from this. As a member of the Aeclectic Forum, I know you must have some interest in the Divination side of the ninth. However you could also manifest by having a career as a civil servant or related to the law, even if that is only working for a law firm. The links to Philosophy have been expanded to include education. Again in modern times that is taken as higher education but from a Hellenistic point of view, it's education in general, so activities relating to education, would hold and those include working in some capacity in an educational institution or doing voluntary work which is 'educational'

It's also quite possible that several of these might manifest over your lifetime, either concurrently or at different times. The important thing is that this area is in someway identified with you. It doesn't have to be early on in life either.

The third has similar associations but not quite as comprehensive. So for me, I have a link to the education side. I used to teach political philosophy and now in retirement I practice Astrology as a hobby.

Lastly I'll turn to the two key Lots that were used. In modern Astrology they are referred to as the Part of Fortune (the only one still in regular use) and the Part of Spirit. Websites and books will refer to them as 'Arabic' but they existed well before the Arabic period of Astrology. They are a Hellenistic Invention and I'm using the English translation of the Greek term here. 'Lots' as in the casting of Lots - something of a gamble or more properly, something that has an element of 'fate' to it. We still use the term in auction 'lots' or the board game 'Lotto' and as the original term related to pieces (as in chess or draughts pieces) or parcels the word still has some indicative meaning in the term building Lot or Lot of Land or even Parking Lot.

The Lot of Fortune is calculated using the Sun and Moon. It takes the distance from the Light of Sect to the Light out of Sect and casts that distance from the Ascendant. There are therefore two versions, depending on whether a person was born during the day or during the night. One explanation I've heard is that it symbolically takes the light and brings it into a place where it has not existed before - a symbolic 'Let there be light'

In your case you were born during the day and therefore the light is carried from Sun to Moon (the light out of sect). The calculation thus becomes ASC+Moon-Sun and in your case we end up with a position of 12 degrees 35 Sagittarius. This Lot is sometimes called the Lot of the Moon, and it is supposed to show how well our health holds up and therefore how well life goes for us. It shows what befalls us from outside. That which we can't control. If you life, that which fate bestows on us at the start of our lives.

Your Lot is ruled by Jupiter, the benefic of Sect. This is a very good start. It's also configured to the Ascendant by sextile which is also good. However Jupiter is in the twelfth, which is not configured to the Ascendant. In short it is difficult for you to see the good or bad things in life coming towards you. This makes it more difficult to take action to get those good things or to avoid the bad things. Things will not come as total surprises but they might seem to come with little advanced warning and catch you under prepared.. That won't be every time but it will probably happen more often than not. If the things are good, you still end up happy. If they are bad, then you will wish you had seen it coming and taken action. There is a way of avoiding this. Venus your Ascendant ruler is in the ninth and is thus configured to the Lot. It is also configured to Jupiter by square. So there are links between the Lot, the Lot Ruler (which also squares the Lot) and the Ascendant Ruler but none of these links are easy aspects. You almost have to train yourself to keep a watch out and be prepared. It's not a natural reaction.

The Lot of Spirit is the inverse of the Lot of Fortune. In your case it is ASC+Sun-Moon. It is the Lot of the Sun and it gives an indication of how good you are in taking action to deal with what fate deals you. It shows your ability to influence what goes on around you. This is never total, of course and that is show by the element of chance or fate in all Lots. Again in your case the Lot of Spirit lies at 1 degree43 Virgo in the twelfth House. That is not a good placement in itself, especially as it is in opposition to Mars. It's ruler Mercury is configured to the AScendant, so you do have a capacity to plan and act, once you've seen what is happening. Mercury sextiles the Lot of Spirit and it also sextiles the ruler of Fortune. Again this supports the view that once you are aware you are quite good at reacting and taking action. Sometimes you might see your life as 'firefighting', dealing with outbreaks of bad fortune but you don't give up. You do react and you react well. This might be a strain on you at the time but your life is not going to be continuous fire fighting.
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