Tell me when to do Something:
Alfred John Pearce (1889): The Text-book of Astrology
Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman
Pearce's description of the last six houses does not present as many
departures as his first six. The use of a time for the marriage as being
when the wedding ring is put on seems a bit strange, but perhaps there
have been some changes in custom. the use of the signs of Mercury and
Jupiter for the Moon is kind of interesting in [business] partnerships.
This does make some sense to me, because this would keep the Moon out
of the more passionate signs, which would probably tend to keep the partnership
less emotionally based.
I do have to admit to some doubt about electing a time to take possession
of an inheritance, just as a practical matter! This is probably next to
impossible to do unless there is only one heir, and, having been there
myself, I can testify to doubt about the brain of the heir working electionally
at what is likely to be the actual moment. One may observe that there
isn't the slightest hint of anything sexual in Pearce's 8th house: this
is not Vistorian prudery, but the simply fact that the 8th hadn't yet
been linked to sex. Sex, if was going to be mentioned, would have been
mentioned in the 5th. It wasn't.
This material is excerpted from pages 431-435 of Pearce's work:
Pearce, Alfred John. 1889. The Text-book of Astrology. London
Elections relating to the last six houses.
“A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war and a time
for peace.” —–Solomon.
The Seventh House relates to marriage, partnership, war, lawsuits, etc.
The ancients hand down to posterity precepts concerning all these important
In electing a propitious moment for the putting on of the wedding ring,
see that the Moon is increasing in light and motion, and free from affliction.
Let not the moon be in conjunction with an infortune in the ascendant,
for this would presignify strife and discord. Neither let the Moon be
in conjunction with an infortune in the ascendant of the nativity of either
bride or bridegroom.
If possible, celebrate the marriage before the Moon shall pass her first
Know that it is a favourable time for marriage when the ascendant is assisted
by the presence or benevolent configurations of the fortunes; and unfavourable
when the ascendant and the descendant are afflicted.
Be sure to place the Moon, the ascendant and its lord, at the time of
making the partnership or agreement, in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius,
or Pisces. If the affair is to be a public company, let the Moon
be in Leo in conjunction or benefit aspect with Jupiter, and well configurated
with the Sun.
Let the Moon be increasing in light and motion; let the ruler of the 10th
house, or a fortune in the 10th house, be in good aspect with the Moon
or ruler of the ascendant; and let the rulers of the ascendant and seventh
house be in mutual benefic aspect.
3.—–Of Declaring War, Commencing Lawsuits, etc.––The
ascendant is for the attacking party, and the 7th house for the adversary.
Let, therefore, the ascendant be fortunate, and let the ascending sign
be one of those under the dominion of Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn; Scorpio
is best, and Aries next best, for this purpose, because they are martial
signs. Let the lord of the ascendant dispose of the lord of the 7th house,
if possible, or otherwise, more essentially and accidentally dignified;
and let the lord of the ascendant be in sextile or trine with Mars and
with the ascending degree or that culminating. Have a care that the lord
of the ascendant be not in the 7th, 4th, 8th, 6th, or 3rd house, and neither
retrograde, debilitated, nor afflicted.
In lawsuits, have regard to the horoscopes, if procurable, of the disputants;
and judge that he who hath Mars most essentially fortified in his nativity
will overcome, especially if he was born at night.
Begin no quarrel, war, or controversy, neither invade the enemy’s
country when the Moon is in Virgo nor Capricornus; but
when the Moon is assisted by the fortunes and by Mars, and when Mars is
in the eastern part of the heavens. If possible let Mars be between the
10th degree of Taurus and the 10th degree of Leo, or between the 10th
degree of Scorpio and that of Aquarius. But if the enemy be to
the west of thy country, begin the invasion when Mars is in the western
part of the heavens, and between the 10th degree of Leo and that of Scorpio,
or between the 10th degree of Aquarius and that of Taurus.
Begin no invasion when the Moon is combust, or within twelve hours after
her conjunction with the Sun. If any war be begun in these combust hours,
the beginner will be defeated, or much evil will befall his person and
his soldiers and assistants, especially if he begin the war in one of
the first four combust hours.
It is a remarkable fact that the battle of Isandhlwana was fought during
an eclipse of the Sun, visible in Zululand—–viz., on the 22nd
of January, 1879, at 1h 5m p.m. (Cape Mean Time). Now, the native accounts
of that disastrous battle stated that the Zulus did not intend to deliver
their onset until the night of the 22nd or dawn of the 23rd, because “the
moon was unfavourable.” The Zulus, it is thus demonstrated, understood
astrology, and valued its precepts, and therefore would not attack during
the combust hours of the Moon. By dawn of the 23rd, more than twelve hours
would have elapsed since the time of new Moon. Unfortunately for the British,
Colonel Durnford’s Basutos discovered and fired on a Zulu regiment;
and thus began the battle which ended so disastrously for our soldiers,
the British force being annihilated. The map of the heavens for this eclipse
is goven in “The Science of the Stars,” chap. v.
Elections Relating to the Eighth House.
The Eighth House of the heavens relates to the making of wills and to
inheritance. One might think that no election would be required for making
wills, but the ancients considered that there is a time for this purpose;
that is to say, when a will is made by a person in health,, and not left
to dying moments.
1.—–Of Making Wills.—–“When thou
makest thy will let not the Moon be in a movable sign nor in the ascendant,
but let her be in a fixed sign, and a fixed sign rising, and if possible
the lord of the ascendant in a fixed sign. If the Moon be in conjunction
with Mars rising, at the time of making a will, there is danger of it
being stolen, lost or destroyed.
Let the Moon be in benefic aspect with Saturn, if thou desirest that the
will shall not be revoked.”
2.—–Of Inheritance.—–In entering upon
possession of inheritance, fortify the eighth house; if possible, let
one of the signs of Jupiter or Venus be on the cusp thereof, and make
the second house and its lord strong and free from all manner of impediment,
and in good aspect with the fortunes. Fortify also the Moon, and let her
behold the degree on the cusp of the eighth house or planet therein; and
let there be reception between the lords of the second and eighth houses.
If possible, let the lord of the ascendant be in the second house, and
the lord of the second in the eighth house.
Elections Relating to the Ninth House.
The Ninth House of the Heavens relates to embarking on foreign travel; to
learning, science, art, etc.
1.—–Of Foreign Travel—–Fortify the
9th house at the time of setting forth, also the lord thereof, the Moon,
and the ascendant. Let one or both of the fortunes be in the ninth house,
if possible. Let not an infortune be in the eighth house at the moment
of departure, nor in the second at the moment or embarking on the return
As the descendant relates to the place to which the journey is to be
made, fortify the seventh house at thy departure, and let no evil planet
be in either this or the tenth house. In returning let no evil planet
be in either the ascendant or fourth house.
If possible, let the Moon be increasing in light and motion at the time
of beginning thy journey, also let her be free from impediment and receive
some support from the fortunes. Let Mercury be free from combustion and
affliction, and in a good house. Let not the Moon be in the place of Saturn,
Mars or Uranus at birth.
If the Moon, or Saturn, or both, be in the ascendant or seventh house,
or Saturn in the first and the Moon in the seventh house, there will be
danger or loss attending the journey then begun.
2.—–Of Building and Launching Ships, and Voyages by
Sea.—–In building ships for war or swift sailing, fortify
the ascendant and its lord, the Moon and her dispositor; place the lord
of the ascendant and Moon in either the first, eleventh, or ninth house;
and let the sign ascending be fixed. If possible, let all the angles be
fixed, and in any case be sure to have the Moon and lord of the ascendant
swift in motion.
Let the planet from which the Moon last separated be strong and well disposed,
also swift in motion. Place the Moon’s dispositor in a watery sign,
free from impediment or affliction. Place one of the fortunes in either
the first, tenth, or seventh house. Let the lord of the seventh house
be weak and slow in motion.
In building merchant and passenger ships, in addition to following
the foregoing instructions, see that Mercury be fortified and assisted
by Venus or Jupiter, and in the tenth house. Fortify also the second house.
Let the Moon be in Taurus, Gemini, or the beginning of Cancer, Virgo,
or Sagittarius, or one of the last degrees of Capricornus.
It is good to have the Moon or the ascendant in Pisces.
Let the Sun be in trine aspect with Jupiter, and attended by Venus. Let
not Mars be in any aspect with the Moon or ascending degree, for this
is apt to cause casualties by fire. Let not the Moon be in Aquarius and
in aspect with the Sun and Mars, for danger of shipwreck will ensue. Let
not the Moon be afflicted by Mars from signs of human form, or pirates
may probably sink the ship and kill the crew and passengers.
In launching ships, and in setting forth on a sea voyage, see
that the Moon be strong essentially and accidentally, assisted by Venus
or Jupiter, and free from affliction; as likewise the ascendant.
Elections Relating to the Tenth House.
The Tenth House relates to profession, trade, employment, etc. Ramesey
says that he believes the ancients placed occupation under the dominion
of the tenth house of the heavens, “because it is the highest dignity
such can look for that are bound thereunto.”
“Wherefore in this matter thou art to distinguish the planet ruling
the profession, trade, or mystery thou wouldst learn; then let the ascendant
or tenth house be a sign wherein such planet hath dominion by house; as,
for example, if thou desirest to be a merchant, place Gemini
or Virgo in the ascendant or tenth house, or else Libra,
Sagittarius, or Aquarius.
“Fortify the lord of the ascendant, that of the tenth house, the
Moon, and Mercury.
The Western nations do not now-a-days consult astrologers before appointing
a Prime Minister or a President; neither do European monarchs elect a
fortunate hour for their coronation. The ancients, however, gave rules
for these proceedings, and laid stress on the necessity for not making
such appointments and ceremonies within fifteen days of an unfortunate
new Moon. In the East the precepts of the ancients are still followed.
Elections Relating to the Twelfth House.
The Twelfth House relates to prisoners, captives, and horses. The ancients
wrote precepts as to electing suitable moments for relating to prisoners
need not be reproduced in this work, for no Government and no governor
of a prison would pay any regard to them, among Western nations, at the
present day. In regard to horses, rules have already been given in the
seventh chapter, as to purchasing them. Trainers of race-horses would
hardly be likely to await a favourable moment for sending a race-horse
to a race meeting at which he was engaged to run. The following is the
injunction handed down by Ramesey in this connection—–
“Let Sagittarius ascend, or contain the Moon, if possible,
at the time of the race-horse setting forth on his journey to the race
meeting; otherwise let the Moon or ascendant be in the first half of Libra.”
“Fortify the ascendant, its lord, the Moon and her dispositor and
the planet with which either may be joined.”
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