Electional Astrology is concerned with the choosing of a propitious time for the commencement of any undertaking. Fundamentally, it is the converse of Horary Astrology, for although the methods are similar, Electional starts from the point at which Horary Astrology finishes and works back to the point at which the latter begins.
The subject of Electional Astrology, or more simply Elections, is concerned with the choosing, or “electing”, of propitious times for the commencement of any undertaking. Essentially it is the converse of Horary Astrology, for though its methods and procedure are similar it starts from the point at which Horary Astrology finishes and works back to the point at which the latter begins.
To put the matter rather more explicitly let us assume that a business is to be started. The businessman selects a date and time based upon reasons of convenience or some other practical consideration, and this automatically becomes the birth time of the undertaking. A horoscope set for this time is a Horary figure, or as Carter aptly terms it, an Inceptional figure, and by applying the rules of Horary Astrology one can predict the ups and downs of the business then begun and its ultimate success or failure.
But it is obvious that there is another way of going to work. If the horoscope for the start shows failure, why not begin at some other time when the horoscope favours the venture? In other words, why not choose a suitable horoscope first, and fit everything else into that? This is the theory upon which Elections are based, and Electional Astrology is concerned with the rules to be followed in building up a favourable horoscope to suit any given purpose.
The general principle of making an election is extremely simple. We have to take the planetary positions as we find them within a certain limit of time, and arrange them into the horoscope diagram so that the planets ruling the matter concerned are as strong and free from affliction as we can make them, and all the hindrances and afflicting positions are tucked neatly away where they can do the least possible harm. This process of making any given planet as strong as it can be is known as fortifying it, and it consists in placing the planet in a favourable sign in an angle or an appropriate house, and in so arranging the date that it receives good aspects from the benefics Venus and Jupiter, and is not afflicted, nor in some cases aspected at all, by the malefics Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Unfortunately, we are always very dependent upon the general planetary positions at the time, and it is usually quite impossible to make an ideal election, because the planets will most disobligingly refuse to arrange themselves suitably within the time-limit at our disposal. In such cases we have to do the best we can with the available material, but with a little trouble it will always be found possible to obtain an election that is reasonably satisfactory. The subject is usually divided into three broad classes according to the basis upon which the Electional map is made, and we have to consider Radical Elections, Mundane Elections, and Ephemeral or Horary Elections.
- GENERAL PRINCIPLES
- THE MOON IN ELECTIONAL ASTROLOGY
- THE LUNAR MANSIONS AND ASPECTS
- PLANETARY HOURS
- PERSONAL ELECTIONS
- DOMESTIC ELECTIONS
- COMMERCE AND FINANCE
- BUSINESS AND OCCUPATION
- FRIENDSHIP AND FAVOUR
- MEDICAL ELECTIONS
- MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN
- HOUSES AND PROPERTY
- JOURNEYS AND MESSAGES
- GAMES AND SPORTS
- WARS, FIGHTS, AND LAWSUITS
- AGRICULTURE AND GARDENING
- PRISONERS AND CRIMINALS
- PUBLIC AFFAIRS