I sit quietly, my mind at rest. Peace ensues.
Lately, the last month or more, I’ve been getting lots of lessons about the perfection of timing. After all, being an astrologer, I am constantly immersed in the study of short- and long-term cycles, trends, natural rhythms, and timing. But this current learning taps a more personal root, instructing me about trust and faith. A very patient, Guiding Hand seems to be saying, “You have to finally get this. There is neither a reason to rush nor to fret.”
So, I attempt to be an attentive student, chuckling in amazement as more profound examples stack up! My doubting-Thomas, quibbling outer mind has less and less sturdy ground upon which to base and create anxiety and disbelief. In any case, the Universe is an entirely orderly place.
To my gratitude, a major “window covering” disaster was averted in our household this week. My hubby’s stance was, “Let’s just do it. Come on, let’s place the order.” I wanted to “think” about it for a few days, taking a more prudent pace. Thank God—for my “mental” stall. The measurement of the two windows, for new blinds, is 46” and 22” wide by 64 ½” long. When Chris got a quote, the price was exorbitant at well over $700! I was breathless.
As it turned out, the lady at the store had estimated both blinds at 64 ½” wide, which accounted for the pricey quote. Had we ordered when my hubby had his foot on the gas pedal, we’d have gotten two blinds the wrong size, been $700+ out of pocket, and likely had to eat the confused width/length size of blinds! Not the best way to start out the new year of renewal and redecorating our home, so my slow timing saved the day! The blinds with the correct dimension are $200 less and will create a stunning new look in the living room. Slow is sometimes truly faster.
Conceivably one of the week’s most dramatic, inspiring examples of timeliness occurred when I received an email from a dear friend. I had mailed her Christmas package on December 7, bound for overseas, feeling assured the gift would arrive in plenty of time. She wrote on January 4 to say that “the wonderful package” was waiting on her doorstep when she returned from a morning’s meeting. “Now I will tell you why the Spirit world kept the packet until this morning to arrive,” she explained.
She went on to tell me that she’d had some extremely difficult family moments during the holidays (unbeknownst to me), which left her feeling terribly depressed and physically ill, to the point of realizing there was a non-crossable, emotional chasm between her and a loved one. Her sense of loss was tremendous. Having just received a big boost from sorting out the unfinished emotional residue from the holiday gathering and then spotting the awaiting package, she knew exactly why the supportive energy and timing of the gifts had been mysteriously delayed until that very moment. “Another huge thank you for being here when I really needed you the most!”
Horary, Event, and Election Charts in Astrology
In the art of astrology, “horary charts” are cast to ask a specific question, such as “will I get this job offer?” There are also “event charts” that mark an occasion like a death or the inauguration of a president, as well as “electional charts” that are specially set up to pinpoint an auspicious moment to begin a marriage or open the doors of a business. These three types employ essentially the same criteria to judge the charts, though the rules are applied differently: one to determine the likely outcome (horary), another to indicate what happened (event), and the other to negotiate with the planetary factors in order to choose the best probable success (electional). All charts are remarkable in the ways they speak to timing—for instance, one inwardly (“spiritually”) selected as in the moment of death and another to consciously select the most fortuitous instant to say “I do.”
In a week highlighting our friends, both in happy and somber outcomes, one friend had a massive stroke. Early on, it became evident she would most likely die. It was all our hopes that she would pass quickly from her deep and imprisoned state of coma into the Light-filled, inner world of Spirit. I posed the question in a horary chart whether she would in fact pass on quickly.
My personal instinct was to read the radical houses of the astrology, as if asking on behalf of my friend, rather than about her. In this way the overall tenor of the chart showed abundant testimonies that death was near. The ruler of the ascendant, Mercury, which describes her level of vitality and health, was strongly debilitated and in an angular house, suggesting there would be a swift outcome. In horary interpretation, both Mars and Saturn are considered naturally malefic and the “bringers of death,” especially when they afflict the Sun (life force) and are tied to the 6th house (weakness, illness, disease, and doctors) and/or 8th house of death.
In the chart for my question, Saturn, ruler of the 8th house, sits on the 6th house cusp, describing my friend’s weak and rapidly declining state of health which is overshadowed by death. The Sun casts a straining square to Saturn, one that is applying and thus reveals an upcoming (influential) effect. The Sun then moves on towards a conjunction of Mars, ruler of the 12th house (hospitals, sad events, the anguish for her family, and also associated with death). Death is reinforced by the Sun’s rulership of the 4th house of endings and the “grave,” as both Mars and Saturn in essence destroy what is left of her precious life’s energies.
The Moon’s movement is also important in horary: from its powerful midheaven position it too moves directly into aspect with 8th-ruler Saturn, which on the 6th house cusp shows the movement of life towards illness and death. The 6th house-ruler Venus, is similarly powerful, opposing the Ascendant from its angular placement on the 7th house cusp. At this point in time, the few grains in the top of the hourglass of her life were about to run out.
Perhaps reflecting the number of degrees between the union of the Sun and Mars, seven hours after the horary chart was drawn up, our friend died. In the event chart at the moment of her death, Jupiter now acts as ruler of the 8th house and is placed on the cusp of the 8th house conjunct Uranus, describing the sudden separation and freedom of her spirit from the body and the huge changes that would result for her family. Ascendant ruler, Mercury, is also, again, strongly debilitated, intercepted in the 4th house of endings, and square the Jupiter/Uranus partile conjunction in the 8th.
In the seven hours that had passed, the Sun moved to tighten that challenging square to Saturn, the planetary agent often referred to as the Grim Reaper. Venus, which sat on the descendant of the horary, had now moved to the cusp of the 4th house: the end of the matter – burials and the return to the source.
When all the planetary factors lined up for her peaceful exit (Venus angular and Jupiter in gentle Pisces ruling the 8th house) and the precise timing her soul had chosen, the Angel of Death enfolded her in soft arms, just like a new-born babe awakened to the inner world of Light and eternal Beauty. As one door of life closed, another opened. It is her time now to begin a new and wonderful phase of her “higher” development. We know she’ll be joyfully tending her flowers in her spirit home and garden (4th house matters!), fresh and vital as a daisy!
This time, like all times, is a very good one,
In my own evolutionary timetable, I’m crossing my fingers that I will be able to attend an in-depth, advanced training in astrology held in early March. Right now, it is booked full, and my name is 15th on the waiting list! Will the Cosmic Green Light line up in my favor in fortunate Jupiterian fashion, saying the time has come, as I am now inwardly ready to advance, expand, and broaden my knowledge and experience? My intuitive hunch says an optimistic yes, even with these long-shot odds. We’ll see if it is meant to be. Regardless, my growing trust and faith will not be disappointed whichever way it turns out—all is in Perfect Order.
The spider weaves its web—the web of life—with every tiny
Note: A version of this article, including horary and event charts, appears on Skyscript
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