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is revealed through practical application. As living (aka the planets), important times of Elements of the Art o1: Astrology, written in
in life, soul and its manifestations are not change where your soul asserts itself over 70294D. He states, "In each case there are
immediately obvious to the naked eye. This -
your self or lower mind can be identified. three things to be attended to, Place 1, the
passage, credited to Lao Tzu, sums up the
Technically, this can occur when the Part of beginning, PTace 2, the end and Place 3, the
importance of space: Fortune triggers birth planets or chart points casting-off point." Al-Biruni was an 11th-
"We make a vessel from a lump of clay; by progression or when the parts, inserted century Persian scientist, mathematician
It is the empty space within the vessel that around solar return or synastry charts, trigger and anthropologist.
makes it useful. birth themes. The parts represent the essence or ideas
"We make doors and windows for a rooml of things, so as you contemplate what each
it is these empty spaces that make the room Interpreting the part means for you (by natal sign and house
liveable. placement, or any planetary conjunction),
"Thus, while the tangible has advantages,
Arabic parts consider its expression in your life as a highest
it that makes it useful."
is the intangible Each primary Arabic part has a theme or principle, ideal or aspirational concept.
quality. Work out what it is you want to know
Soul, Arabic parts more about and then focus on the appropriate The seven primary parts
part. Most important when interpreting each Part of Fortune (POF) (the Moon)
and incarnation part is the planet that rules it. That is to say, Formula = Ascendant + Moon - Sun
The arrangement of the Arabic parts around whatever Zodiac sign the part falls in, it is This part is the one most commonly used in
the birth chart reveals the chart within the the ruling planet of that sign that signifies modern astrology.This formula of al-Biruni is
chart;the soul within the psyche; the essence whatever that part represents in your chart based on the method ofcalculation adopted
or heart within the practical demands of your and in your life as if the ruling planet by Ptolemy, which he never altered.
life. Each Arabic part is calculated using a
unique formula that incorporates planetary
placements as well as key angles (like the
ascendant or midheaven).
By sign, house and ruling planet, the
It is said that itt the relationship between Arabic Parts reveal the inside story
the parts and the planets in the horoscope that
becomes the selling point of each life. After of what's really going on for you this
each part is calculated, it is then allocated a
planetary ruler to follow throughout the life. lifetime. They indicate areas of life that
The philosophical perspective inherent
in much of astrology regarding incarnation, carry more charge and potency from a
is described in The Myth of Er at the end of
Plato's Republic. This story details the journey soul perspective for you.
of Er through the afterlife as he encounters
new souls waiting to incarnate. Their choices
around selecting a "lot" or life show how of the part is the guide or representative It takes the phase of the moon at birth (the
you engaged in a co-creative dance to select of the part in your day-to-day life. distance from the Sun around the Zodiac to
your life this time around, with the kinds of As the Arabic parts come through from the Moon) and projects that arc of space out
experiences necessary for your soul growth. older branches ofastrology, it is the traditional from the ascendant, the start or beginning
The story is magical, as after selecting their planetary rulers that matter here. They are: point of the horoscope. This part highlights
lots, the new souls have their lives confirmed Leo............... .................... Sun the importance of the birth moon phase. If
by the three fates, who select a time when Cancer......... ...............Moon you know your birth or natal moon phase
the cosmos and planets are aligned just so Gemini,Virgo ......... Mercury it can be fairly easy to approximate. New
for birth to ensure one's horoscope supports Taurus, Libra........... ... Venus Moon birth phases have the POF close to the
the themes of the life selected. Once this is Aries, Scorpio .................................. Mars ascendant. Frrst-quarter Moon birth phases
set, the newly chosen souls cross through the Sagittarius, Pisces .......................... Jupiter have the POF near the IC. FulI Moon birth
Plain of Forgetfirlness and camp by and drink Capricorn, Aquarius....................... Saturn phases have the POF near the Descendant.
from the River of Unmindfi;lness, explaining Third-quarter Moon birth phases have the
why once here you have little or no memory Calculating parts POF near the MC.
ofthis "choosing your life" experience. Though the parts reflect the seven visible This part is about fortune, but not in the
As the Arabic parts reflect the soul, the planets, each partt formula is based on an arc liberal, modern materialistic sense. Fortune
language around interpreting them is sparse. the distance between two specific points, refers to positive energy: good things and joy.
How does one describe the etheric soul in -
which is then carried over to a third point and This one point in the chart reflects energy (by
human language? Their placement in the projected from there. It is the arc itself that sign and house) that helps you tap into your
birth horoscope refects primary themes and has meaning. deepest happiness. Astrologer John Frawley
dominant archetypes in the story ofyour soul These seven main parts are referred to as describes this as the 'pearl ofgreat price" and
journey. By sign, house and ruling planet, the the Seven Pillars ofWisdom.They are noted the part of fortune as "where you think the
Arabic parts reveal the inside story of what's by both al-Biruni and Paul of Alexandria, springs of livingwater fow".It is your fortune
really going on for you this lifetime. They with only slight variations between the two in the purest sense of the word, and drawing
indicate areas of life that carry more charge (al-Biruni doesnt include the placements this energy into your life ensures you are
and potency from a soul perspective for you. of Mercury and Venus : the inferior forrunate and always have "wealtti'. It is also
The Arabic parts are particularly effective in planets in his formulas, whereas Paul of quite probable that following your joy in life
dynamic or predictive astrology. By observing
Alexandria does). will lead to financial fortune, too. Essentially,
where and when in your life the Arabic parts, The formulas listed below are from it is an energy that helps bring you into inner
md therefore the soul, bump into day-to-day al-Biruni's 77e Book of Instruction in the balance and harmony. q I 69
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Part of Spirit (the Sun) up the scale through success or financially Parts that fall in Water signs (cancer,
Formula = Ascendant + Sun - Moon
you have access to more resources than Scorpio, Pisces) crave human connection.
This is a supremely spiritual part that is out of
-you did beforehand and are able to deal with Relationships and emotional interaction are
reach for most ofus. It can be hard to describe challenging situations more easily. paramount. Focus on connecting with other
linguistically and often shows up in the charts Part ofVictory $upiter) people around the themes of your parts in
of prominent leaders those who are truly Formula = Ascendant + Jupiter - Part of this element.
inspired by goodness. It is said to be a part of Spirit
abundance, as being the part of the Sun it's This part reflects the essential meaning of Zodiacal longitude
about giving (the Sun as the light- and heat- Jupiter, valour and grace, and shows where How to add and subtract planetary or chart
giving star or entity). mercy falls into your life. It is about receiving placements around the Zodiac The Zodiac
The house in your horoscope this part falls the goodness or abundance oflife. is a 360-degree circle. Each sign represents a
into is an area oflife where you experience the If you accept that it's through grace that 30-degree segment of the circle. To easiiy add
goodness oflife or abundance in the universe. things grow or evolve out ofyour efforts, then or subtract chart placements, the first step
This part takes the other arc between the Sun this placement reflects that heavenly sense involves converting the planetary placement
and Moon (this time starting at the Moon
and moving round the Zodiac to the Sun)
and projectsit offthe ascendant.The concept
ofgiving on all levels is reflected here.
Part oflove (Venus)
. Formula = Ascendant + Part of Spirit - Part
This part takes the distance between the Part
ofSpirit and the Part ofFortune and projects
it off the ascendant. It describes love at a
lower, human level.
Love ultimately means wanting, which
refects the distance betr,veen what you love of being watched over. By sign and house, it (ie, 10 Taurus) into Zodircal longitude.
and you. This part describes that desire to shows some of the areas or ways in which your This creates a common system. Most chart
embrace that which is missing. It is a personal efforts will grow most quickly or abundandy. placements have a degree/minute reference
point that describes your personal approach Your personal quest around faith is shown by but, for simplicity, degrees only are used in
to human, realJife love (as opposed to this part. the table above.
devotionai love reserved for deities or faith). Part of Courage (Mars) Once you have all three placements
Part of Despair (Mercury) Formula = Ascendant + Part of Fortune required for the part, simply add or subtract
Formula = Ascendant + Part of Fortune - Part - Mars the numbers as they are. If your answer is less
of Spirit This part refers to right action and by sign than 0, add 360. Ifyour answer is greater than
This part again uses the distance between the and house signifies the particular areas in life 360, subtract 360 so you end up with a figure
Part of Spirit and Part of Fortune, but in the or interests that challenge you to hold the between 0 and 359.Then take this result and
opposite direction to the Part to Love. This concept of always doing what is right, above apply it back to the table to give you the
part is sometimes referred to as the Part of and beyond the call ofduty. Zodiac placement of the part in question.
Necessity and describes the unavoidable This part demands a transcendence ofego.
challenges oflife. Have you got the courage to do the right Worked example
Mercury is a mental planet and often the thing, not just from a 1egal view but from a Part of Victory
despair is about over thinking, too much humanistic or moral perspective, regardless - Part of Spirit
Ascendant + Jupiter
worrying or over-analysing. It is about the of circumstance? Your personal path of right Ascendant 10 Taurus + Jupiter 27 Cancer
logic or rationality ofreality and shows how action is summarised by this part. - Part ofSpirit 13 Sagittarius
you approach choices. Mercury represents 10 Taurus becomes 40 (add 10 to the start of
negotiation. By sign and house, this part The parts by element Taurus which is 30)
shows how you handle the realisation that The elemental outlines here give you some tips 27 Carcer becomes 177 (add 27 to the start
you must endiessly make choices and shows on how to ellergise each ofthese parts in your of Cancer which is 90)
howyou deal with them. chart. Parts that fall in Fire signs (Aries, Leo, 13 Sagittarius becomes 253 (add 13 to the
Part of Captivity (Saturn) Sagittarius) encourage action and movement. start of Sagittarius which is 240)
Formula = Ascendant + Part of Fortune Be bold and daring about these themes. You Then insert the figures into your formula
- Saturn are cailed to act as an initiator. Take charge as foliows:
This is both the part ofcaptivity and the escape and lead the way forward. 40+777-253=-96
from captivity. It is also described as the part Parts that fall in Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, With a negative result, add 360. This brings
of those who rise in station or standing in Capricorn) seek stability and security. A 1evel youto 264.
life; ie, those who become less "imprisoned" of material comfort that ensures basic needs Take 264 to the table. This fal1s between 240
by their circumstances. are met helps you develop. Slow and steady is and 269 which is in the sign of Sagittarius.
Sometimes described as the part of sin, it the best approach. Develop a good relationship Subtract 240 (the start of Sagittarius) from
shows how not using Saturn (discipline, focus with your physical body and needs. the result of 264.1his leaves 24.This part falls
and commitment) can lead you into trouble. Parts that fall in Air signs (Gemini, Libra, 24 degrees into the sign ofSagittarius. @
This is the avoidable difficulties of 1ife, where Aquarius) need stiinulation. Knowledge and
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