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1. Each of the eight phases of the 30-year cycle of the progressed Moon to the progressed Sun lasts approximately 3.5 years. Learn more about the Progressed Lunation Cycle from The Lunation Cycle: A Key to Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, and in the article, An Overview of Dane Rudhyar’s Approach to Cycles (TMA, 2/98), by Nicki Michaels .

2. Dates include a 2° orb.

3. My advanced astrological training includes classical horary/electional astrology, so I use the Regiomontanus house system, essential dignities, day/night Fortuna, (see footnote 4) and ancient rulerships (which exclude Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, although these planets are included in the electional chart). Only applying aspects count, and a multitude of other arcane rules apply. For more information on classical horary and electional astrology, refer to The Martial Art of Horary Astrology, by J. Lee Lehman, Ph.D., Whitford Press, 2002.

4. Fortuna is another name for the Part of Fortune, the only one of the many ancient Arabic parts that is normally included in modern Western charts. It represents an area of life (by house and sign) where the native has a natural sense of ease. To calculate the Part of Fortune, take the number of degrees the Moon is ahead of the Sun and add that to the Ascendant (superimposing the native’s lunation phase over the house wheel). In classical astrology, there is a different calculation for night chart Fortuna: You subtract the lunation phase from the Ascendant. Some modern astrologers still differentiate Fortuna in day and night charts. For more information on the significance of Fortuna see Dane Rudhyar's The Lunation Cycle: A Key to the Understanding of Personality, also mentioned in footnote 1, pages 57-91.

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Hopeful Health Advisor
From The Mountain Astrologer, October-November 2003 (2)

Q.  I am a Registered Nurse and have started a new business as a "Health Advisor." I want to help people become proactive patients, and I get lots of good feedback from those I work with. But my publicity so far is too “blah.” I would like to focus on my (astrological) strengths in my marketing and time a publicity campaign to maximize impact, starting by year end. With timing, focus, and hard work, I believe that I can make this concept a success. I would appreciate some help.
— Hopeful Health Advisor

A.  Your spectacular grand trine in earth signs, with Jupiter in Virgo at the Midheaven, tells me you’ve got what it takes to be both a caring health advisor and a successful entrepreneur. (See natal chart below) Your Gemini Part of Fortune in the 7th house shows that you excel in one-to-one communication; your natural, flowing style is both personal and professional. Your natal 8th-house Cancer stellium opposite your just-past-full Capricorn Moon highlights both your innate caring nature and your capacity to ground that caring with practicality. Your natal 7th-house Uranus square Jupiter reveals that, although you’re able to work within the system, you are also a bit of a maverick. Arming patients with tools to challenge the health care system suits your capacities.

As I write this, in June 2003, your timing seems positively divine. Last December, you entered the full phase of the Progressed Lunation Cycle, a time of potential fulfillment.1 With your second Saturn return (September 7, 2003 – June 25, 2004),2 you move into the “wisdom years,” when you really get to walk your talk and take your huge commitment to service (powerfully aspected 10th-house Jupiter in Virgo) to a whole new level. Along the way, Saturn conjoined your natal Sun in July, helping you to refocus on your life purpose; transiting Jupiter crosses your Midheaven (for the first of three passes) on September 19th, promising success if you do your homework.

Birth Chart: Hopeful Health Advisor
Natal Chart - Hopeful Health Advisor
Source: Birth Certificate

So, when is the best time to start your PR campaign? A chart calculated to begin an enterprise at the most astrologically opportune time is called an electional chart, because you “elect” (or choose) a moment that embodies the preferred qualities of the endeavor and one that also makes positive aspects to your own chart.3

This electional chart (5:41 a.m., September 20, 2003, in your location) takes advantage of transiting Jupiter sextiling your natal Sun (exact the previous day). (See Electional Chart below.) The electional Ascendant conjoins your natal Midheaven, reflecting your potentially high profile and success, while the electional Moon conjoins natal Mercury, highlighting your role as spokesperson. The electional rulers of the 1st house (you), the 9th (publicity), the 10th (your public status), and the 2nd (financial issues) are all highly dignified, as is the Moon, whose next aspect shows the “action.” Using classical rulers and Ptolemaic aspects, the Moon next trines Fortuna.4 This, along with all of the above, can be considered nothing short of stupendous.

Electional Chart - PR Launch
Regiomontanus Houses

Though this time is early in the morning, take advantage of this outstanding moment by performing an appropriate action at that exact time, while holding the intention that this action is the beginning of your new publicity campaign. You might launch your new Web site, mail your press releases, or e-mail an announcement to the world. As you do this, say to yourself: “I bring my wisdom to the world in the service of those in need, and the world is ready to receive me.” Yes!

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