What is Electional Astrology?
Electional astrology is a technique used to select the most favourable time for an event such as a marriage, starting a business or moving into a new home. It's usually used for something important and not for trivial matters.
There are two techniques that can be used in electional astrology. One technique is to treat the chart for the event as a transit chart and compare it with the birth chart for the person or people who will be involved in the event; the interpretation for this technique is similar to the technique used in synastry. The other technique is to treat the chart of the event as the birth chart for the event; the event is interpreted in a similar method as the interpretation for a birth chart where the event has its own personality.
Rules for Electional Astrology
1) Only applying aspects should be used.
2) Orbs are not used if the aspect is applying.
3) The Moon is the primary consideration in an electional chart. It can be used to time events and is treated like the Sun in a birth chart.
4) It's best to keep Mars and Uranus away from the angles and angular houses. Mars can indicate conflict and Uranus can indicate unexpected or unpredictable occurrences.
5) The most appropriate rising sign for the matter in question should be chosen, such as Sagittarius for foreign travel.
6) The Moon during its perigee is travelling faster that at its apogee. For anything that needs to happen quickly choose a time when the Moon is in perigee. Anything that you want to last for a long time choose a time when the Moon is in apogee.
7) When the Moon is travelling from new to full increases the speed of matters associated with the event. Avoid 12 degrees after the New Moon and 12 degrees after the Full Moon as this time is considered unfavourable.
8) The next lunar aspect after the action has been taken shows the outcome of the event.
9) The sign where the Moon is located shows the type of activity which is favourable at the time for the event.
10) Avoid planet placements at 0 degrees or 29 degrees of any sign as there can be confusion or disorientation, unless it moves into a sign it's compatible with such as Uranus in Aquarius.
11) Avoid any square aspects with the Moon as this can show emotional tension and frustration with matters represented by the planet the Moon is in aspect with.
12) Do not choose a time when the Moon is void of course as the event may fail or be abandoned, there may be obstacles that can't be overcome or the event may never be initiated.
13) The Moon should not be in a major applying aspect (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition) to a retrograde planet as there can be a severe restriction of progress.
14) Avoid a time when the Moon is in Scorpio (its fall) or when the Moon is in Capricorn (its detriment). You may also want to avoid a time when the Moon is Via Combusta (between 15 degrees Libra and 15 degrees Scorpio) as it is considered a detrimental location for the Moon to be located in an electional chart.
15) The first planet the Moon is in applying aspect to has a strong influence on the event.
16) Unless Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are favourably located or associated with the matter in question it's best to keep their contact with the Moon and with the ruling planet of the chart to a minimum.
17) The Moon should not be placed on the Ascendant.
Planets in Electional Astrology
SUN: Places of gambling; jewellery shop; gives strength.
MOON: Moon in square aspect causes problems, in conjunction it's less of a problem than the square. Moon in inconjunct shows a need for change or reorganisation.
A waxing Moon (increasing in size) is favourable for growth.
A void of course Moon shows a lack of action.
The waning Moon is favourable for reducing debt.
When Mercury is retrograde it's unfavourable for moving house, signing contracts or surgery due to potential errors in communication.
VENUS: Artistic pursuits; creativity.
When Venus is in retrograde it's not favourable for weddings, social occasions, buying expensive or luxury items, or for cosmetic surgery.
MARS: If a battle is planned Mars needs to be well aspected.
When Mars is in retrograde there may be problems with machinery or cars. It's unfavourable for surgery as the outcome won't be what was desired.
JUPITER: Extravagance: if well aspected shows good fortune and luck.
SATURN: Discipline; organisation; delays; limitations; responsibility; building; administration.
The best house for Saturn to be placed is in a cadent house, unfavourable in an angular house.
Saturn is very influential in an electional chart for a business venture.
If more responsibility is to be accepted it's important that Saturn is well aspected.
URANUS: Unique ventures; inventions; computers; innovation; air travel.
Unless Uranus is associated with the matter in question it usually has a minor influence on the electional chart.
NEPTUNE: Creativity; illusion; deception; fraud; cinemas; escapism.
Unless Neptune is associated with the matter in question it usually has a minor influence on the electional chart.
PLUTO: Hidden matters; elimination; death.
Unless Pluto is associated with the matter in question it usually has a minor influence on the electional chart.
Electional Astrology for advertising
The electional chart is created for the moment the advert or advertising campaign has been launched.
A waxing Moon is favourable for the advert to capture public attention.
Avoid Mercury retrograde.
Avoid the void of course Moon.
It's favourable for the Moon to be in good aspect with a planet which is most closely representative of the object of the advert.
Electional Astrology for buying a car
The electional chart is for when the payment has been made.
If the car is to be kept for a long time the Moon should be in a fixed sign.
The ascendant represents the buyer and the descendant represents the seller.
Rulers of the 2nd house and 3rd house in sextile or trine to the ascendant can show a good purchase.
Venus in sextile or trine to the ascendant is a favourable time to buy a luxury car unless Venus is retrograde.
Mars in retrograde is an unfavourable time to buy a car; it may have mechanical problems.
Electional Astrology for buying or selling land or property
The electional chart is valid from the moment an offer to buy has been made, or the moment land or property is available for sale.
When buying land or property the ascendant represents the buyer, the descendant represents the seller.
A sextile or trine between planetary rulers for the ascendant and descendant shows a favourable transaction between the buyer and seller. A square or opposition between the planetary rulers for the ascendant and descendant can show difficulties and potential conflict with the transaction.
When selling land or property the ascendant represents the seller and the descendant represents the buyer.
Avoid a time when the Moon is void of course.
The 4th house represents the land or property.
When buying land or property the ascendant in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) is favourable unless a quick resale is desired.
When selling the ascendant in a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) is favourable for a quick sale.
Electional Astrology for conception (fertility)
Female fertility may be at its highest when the transiting Moon is at the same distance from the Sun where it is located in her birth chart.
The Moon square to the ascendant, Mars, Saturn or Uranus are unfavourable for conception.
The Moon in a feminine sign at the time of conception increases the chances of a female baby.
The Moon in a masculine sign at the time of conception increases the chances of a male baby.
The Moon opposite Saturn is unfavourable for conception.
Electional Astrology for contests
The Moon applying in conjunction, trine or sextile to the planetary rulers of the ascendant or 5th house favour the champion or home team winning.
If the Moon is applying in conjunction, trine or sextile to the planetary rulers of the descendant or 11th house favours the challenger or away team to win.
The 1st house and ascendant represent the home team or the defending champion; the significator for the home team or defending champion is the planetary ruler of the ascendant.
The 7th house and descendant represent the away team or the challenger; the significator for the away team or challenger is the planetary ruler of the descendant.
The 5th house rules speculation and represents the cahances of the home team or defending champion of winning.
The 10th house represents the status of the home team or defending champion.
The 11th house represents the chance of the away team or challenger winning.
Electional Astrology for horse racing
The chart is created for the exact time and place for the start of the race.
Due to the number of horses in the race interpretation can be complicated. The planet closest to the ascendant or MC represents the winner unless it is in an unfavourable placing.
The name of the horse and colours the jockey is wearing are indicated by the planet closest to an angle.
A planet in conjunction to the ascendant or the MC has a stronger influence than a planet in conjunction to the descendant or IC.
If there is no planet that is close to an angle a planet in an angular house can be used. The angular houses are the 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th houses; the 1st house has the strongest influence followed by the 10th house, then the 4th house.
The Sun, Venus and Jupiter in conjunction with the ascendant or MC can indicate the favourite or the horses with shorter odds that are likely to win.
Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in conjunction with the ascendant or MC can show the outsider or horses with longer odds are likely to win.
The Moon can favour favourites or outsiders according to what the rest of the chart indicates.
A planet in conjunction with the descendant or IC can favour horses that are not favourites or outsiders.
Electional Astrology for a job interview
Usually the person seeking a job is unable to choose the time of the job interview.
The Moon in square aspect is unfavourable.
If the ascendant and the planetary ruler of the ascendant are strongly placed their influence is favourable.
Venus and Jupiter in the 1st house are favourable.
The 6th house represents the job.
The ascendant in sextile or trine to the 6th house cusp can be favourable.
The ascendant or planetary ruler of the ascendant in sextile or trine to the MC or MC planetary ruler can indicate a positive interaction at the interview.
The Aries ascendant can increase assertiveness; Gemini ascendant can increase mental alertness; Leo ascendant can increase confidence; Virgo ascendant can increase attention to detail; Libra increases diplomacy; Capricorn ascendant can increase the ability to be efficient: Aquarius ascendant increases the ability to grasp new concepts and the Pisces ascendant increases the ability to be imaginative.
Electional Astrology for legal action
To initiate legal action the ascendant, Mars and Pluto should be favourably placed and aspected.
The ascendant in Aries or Scorpio are favourable.
The planetary ruler of the ascendant should be stronger than the planetary ruler of the descendant.
The descendant and the 7th house represent the opponent.
The 2nd house represents personal resources to be used for or are affected by legal action.
The 3rd house represents written statements and communication.
Saturn in the 12th house can show unwanted obstacles during legal proceedings possibly created by those with a hidden agenda.
Electional Astrology for marriage or a civil partnership
The electional chart is for the moment the ceremony has started.
Venus can represent the bride and Mars can represent the groom in a heterosexual relationship. In a homosexual relationship Mars can represent the partner who is most dominant in the relationship, Venus can represent the other partner. The Sun and Moon can also be used to represent both partners in a relationship; where the Sun is used instead of Mars and the Moon is used instead of Venus.
It's favourable for the marriage if Venus and Mars are in sextile or trine to each other.
Venus should be in sextile or trine with the ascendant or descendant.
The Moon in Scorpio should be avoided as the Moon is in its fall and can show possessiveness and secretiveness in the marriage.
Mars in the 2nd house can show arguments about money.
The ascendant shows the character of the marriage or civil partnership.
Saturn can bring limitations and delays. If's unfavourable in angular houses and is best placed in cadent houses.
Conjunctions to Saturn show misunderstandings, feelings of sadness and neglect.
Uranus should be kept out of the 1st house and 7th house to avoid unexpected events that can affect the wedding, especially the people in the marriage or civil partnership.
Avoid square aspects to the Moon.
Avoid a void of course Moon.
A waxing Moon is more favourable than a waning Moon.
The ascendant in a fixed sign is favourable for a long lasting marriage.
The Sun and Moon should be in sextile or trine with each other.
The planetary rulers for the ascendant and descendant should be in sextile or trine with each other to have a favourable influence on the relationship.
Venus in retrograde is unfavourable for marriage or civil partnerships.
The Moon in Leo is favourable for strong and well matched couples.
The Moon in Libra is favourable for harmony and balance in the relationship.
Mars in the 7th house is unfavourable for a partnership, there can be passion but there may also be arguments.
An Aries ascendant can indicate a short lived relationship, possibly due to selfishness.
A Cancer ascendant shows a nurturing relationship which may also be suffocating.
A Libra ascendant shows fairness and harmony in a marriage or civil partnership.
A Scorpio ascendant can show passion, possessiveness and jealousy in the relationship.
A Pisces ascendant can show romance but there may also be deception.
Electional Astrology for medical issues
When the Moon is in the sign ruling the relevant part of the body it can be favourable for non-surgical procedures but unfavourable for surgical procedures.
Avoid square aspects to the Moon.
Surgery should be avoided on a Full Moon.
A waning Moon is favourable for surgery.
A void of course Moon is favourable for tests where it is hoped that no serious illness will be diagnosed.
Usually a void of course Moon should be avoided for surgery.
Mercury in retrograde is unfavourable for surgery; it's possible some or all of it may have to be redone.
Mars in retrograde has a detrimental influence on surgery. It indicates there may be difficulties with the surgery or it may not have the desired outcome.
The Sun shows physical strength.
Sextiles and trines to the Sun, Moon, ascendant, planetary ruler of the 8th house and the planet ruling the relevant part of the body have a beneficial influence for surgery.
Any square aspects to Saturn can indicate long term problems and a slow recovery.
Any square aspects to Neptune can show potential problems with anaesthetic, medication or infection.
The New Moon and 5 days before and after the New Moon are favourable for surgery, especially to keep pain and blood loss to a minimum.
The Full Moon and 5 days before and after the Full Moon are unfavourable for surgery as it's easier to feel pain and lose blood.
Electional Astrology for moving home
Moving into a new home starts when the owner or resident enters the home, or when the first object is moved into the new home.
The Moon is the primary consideration.
Opposition, square and inconjunct aspects should be avoided.
The void of course Moon should be avoided.
The planetary ruler of the ascendant should be in conjunction, sextile or trine with the planetary ruler of the 4th house.
If the new home is not rented and the person or people moving home want to stay there for a long time the ascendant should be in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius).
Do not move home when Mercury or Venus are in retrograde.
Mars in the 4th house can show there will be arguments and accidents.
Saturn in the 4th house can show unhappiness and potential loneliness.
Uranus in the 4th house can indicate unexpected events, especially associated with electricity.
Pluto in the 1st house can indicate a stressful and intense experience when moving home.
Electional Astrology for starting a business
Home based businesses can be represented by the 4th house.
Business partnerships can be represented by the 1st house and the 7th house.
Delivery businesses are represented by the 3rd house.
A business starts when it starts trading.
Lunar square aspects and the void of course Moon should be avoided.
A waxing Moon is favourable for the growth of the business, a waning Moon is unfavourable for the growth of the business.
The ascendant (ASC) describes the person who owns the business.
The MC (midheaven) describes the business.
It's best if the planet that represents the business is prominent and well aspected.
Venus retrograde and the time when the planet ruling the business is retrograde should be avoided.
Mercury retrograde should be avoided, especially if there a legal documents that require a signature.
The Sun in the 2nd house is favourable for making money.
The Sun in the 10th house is favourable for enhancing the reputation of the business.
The ascendant in trine with the north node shows a positive fated business move or decision.
When the planet that rules the sign where the MC is located is in the 3rd house it has a favourable influence for a business that is based on the distribution of information.
The planet that rules the ascendant or the MC is in conjunction with the 9th house cusp shows potential interest from foreign customers.
Saturn is very influential and should be well placed.
Saturn should be kept away from the angles (ASC, MC,DESC, IC) unless the business is ruled by Saturn, or is owned by a single individual.
Hard aspects (square, opposition) from the Sun, Moon, Saturn, planetary ruler of the MC to Neptune or Pluto can show the new business may fail rapidly.
The 1st house is the public image of the business.
The 2nd house shows the ability the business has to earn money.
The 3rd house shows the environment near the business and communication.
The 4th house shows the head quarters for the business.
The 5th house represents creativity and entertainment.
The 6th house represents the health of the business and chores.
The 7th house represents the public and customers.
The 8th house represents money from the customers.
The 9th house shows foreign travel and international trade.
The 10th house shows the reputation of the business, aims and achievements.
The 11th house represents people who are allies to the business.
The 12th house can show work behind the scenes.
Moon in Aries is favourable for a taking the intiative to start a business.
Moon in Taurus for stable and steady financial gain.
Moon in Gemini isfavourable for a business based on communication but not a business that requires routine and repitition.
Moon in Cancer for a business based on caring for people.
Moon in Leo for a business that requires a bold approach and will attract attention from the public. Good for businesses in entertainment.
Moon in Virgo is favourable for businesses that require attention to detail.
Moon in Libra is favourable for legal firms and businesses in the beauty industry.
Moon in Scorpio for businesses associated with birth, sex or death.
Moon in Sagittarius for businesses associated with foreign travel.
Moon in Capricorn for starting a business to fulfil own ambitions and to attain success through hard work and discipline.
Moon in Aquarius for unconventional businesses or businesses that require inventive ideas.
Moon in Pisces for businesses based on creative work.
Electional Astrology for starting an organisation
An electional chart for an organisation is created for the time when the organisation is formed.
When an organisation exists any member of it, whether they are a board member or the chairperson is represented by the ascendant.
Square aspects to the Moon and the void of course Moon should be avoided.
The waxing Moon is favourable, the waning Moon is unfavourable.
Saturn in the 6th house can show people who work for or volunteer are likely to work hard for the organisation.
An Aquarius ascendant is favourable for astrological associations.
The 1st house shows people who are part of the organisation and the character of the organisation.
The 2nd house shows the finances of the organisation and what it values.
The 3rd house shows the environment around the organisation and how it communicates.
The 4th house shows how the organisation functions at its head quarters.
The 5th house can show creative activity.
The 6th house represents the volunteers and workers of an organisation.
The 7th house shows competitors and legal affairs.
The 8th house shows losses and gains through death or resignation, investments and it can also represent the treasurer of an organisation.
The 9th house represents long distance communication and travel as well as foreign affairs.
The 10th house represents the organisation, the person or people in a position of authority in the organisation.
The 11th house shows allies and associates of the organisation.
The 12th house can show hidden opposition to the organisation as well as work behind the scenes.