What is Electional Astrology

Written in March 2011

“ Considering astrology as the study of the varying nature of time, we can better understand the absolute bafflement with which modern scientists regard it. By their lights, astrologers are studying something that simply does not exist, which is not the sanest pursuits to which to devote one’s energy. An understanding of astrology, however, makes it plain that the preservation of what few vestiges of contact with true time we still have is a matter of utmost urgency. We are like an endangered species of animals, becoming ever fewer in number as its environment is destroyed. As human beings – as distinct from mechanical creatures in human form – time is our environment. Allowing the building of a world of endless 24 hour shopping malls imperils our very existence”.

John Frawley, a very prominent traditional practitioner

Electional Astrology is the second step of the astrological hierarchy. This branch especially, as well as the whole of Astrology of course, is based on the fundamental principle that every moment is different and unique, i.e. it cannot be replicated; in other words the basic postulate of this Art is that tim is of a varying nature. In fact the correct way to say is “times”. Therefore knowing the nature of a particular individual moment the Astrology practitioner can predict what the outcome of this window of time will be.

So what is time according to Astrology and how is it measured?

Looked trough the prism of the level and scale at which this Art functions, times is a huge tapestry consisting of different in identity and intensity windows of time which, although unique, are connected in a certain cycle. This cycle is connected and subordinate to larger cycles which in turn to even larger ones. In this way, there are wheels within wheels within wheels of temporal predetermination which somewhere along the line grows virtually into timelessness, in other words non-linearity. Of course our human lives are immeasurably short on the basis of these cycles. As an example,1 cosmic year = 25920 years.

Each of the 7 visible planets rules one of the days of the week. So the Sun rules Sunday, the Moon – Monday, Mars – Tuesday, Mercury – Wednesday, Jupiter – Thursday, Venus – Friday and Saturn – Saturday (the correlation between the days of the week and the names of the planets is most clearly seen in French) One 24 hour period lasts from sunrise to sunrise, being divided by 12 diurnal hours which last from sunrise to the moment just before sunset, followed by 12 nocturnal hours which last from sunset to the moment just before sunrise. The duration of these planetary hours depends upon the position of the Sun on the ecliptic and celestial equator, i.e. from the seasons, and it therefore changes with them as it does according to the place of the observer. In order to get the length of a single planetary our one needs to calculate the time from sunrise to sunset for diurnal hours, and from sunset to sunrise for nocturnal ones, and to divide it by 12, according to the place where the person is. The order of the planetary hours follows the Chaldean order of the planets – from the heaviest which is Saturn, to the fastest – Moon, the given day of the week always beginning with the planet which rules it and continuing with the given sequence. For example, Monday starts with the Moon, which rules it, then with Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and then repeats the same order.

Since each planet has a different nature, is in a different sector of the ecliptic, in a multitude of relationships with the other planers etc, every single moment in creation is unique. According to the esoteric model of the order of the Universe, the planets comprise the 7 spheres above the Earth and are followed by the 8th sphere – that of the fixed stars. Mostly in the past, and even in our time, planets and stars are worshipped as gods, which is incomprehension of their nature, being the markers showing essence of the different windows of time. The ancient myths are full of such stories but one has to have the understanding how to interpret them. For example, the angels in the myths and religions. Also, in Greek mythology before going to the witch Circa, Odysseus is visited by Hermes (Mercury – which rules the wit, cunning, deception, communication etc) who advises him to eat a poisonous plant which will shield him from Circa’s magic and in this way help him catch her off guard and give him the advantage over her. Also, Hercules, who is strongly Martian hero, is hated by his stepmother Hera (the Moon). This is one of the reasons why the Moon and Mars are planetary enemies in Astrology. Moreover, the Moon rules Cancer and in mythology Hera sends a huge Crab to help Hydra kill Hercules. Hercules kills them both and Hera, touched by the Crab’s loyalty, that she set it among the constellations. It is no accident that Mars is in fall/slavery in Cancer – a big debility of a planet.

As virtually all religious temples were built by freemasons having esoteric knowledge, the uniqueness of each moment measured in planetary hours is depicted by the stainless glass of such places, showing the condition of the planetary ruler which is the filter through which the Sun’s light is directed.

The variations of the quality of time are difficult for us to appreciate because we cannot see time: we see only its effects. We can easily see the nature of a place and act accordingly: we won’t sow a garden onto the sand or on a mountain peak. The only way by which we may see time is by observing things which change regularly with time; such as the migration of birds/fish for example, or the positions of the planets. The study of astrology is what enables us to understand these changes in time, and to shape our actions accordingly. The difficulty of sensing the different moments of time is fascilitated by the age which we live in. Clock time, no matter how it is justified on the physical level, was introduced “to deliberately break the will of the working class” [1]. Hence, the bizarre ritual of giving someone who retires a clock – at the very moment when he no longer needs it. It is as if a freed slave were to be given his shackles as a souvenir.

Acting according to the nature of time of time becomes ever harder, as our culture distances itself from any awareness of the real phenomenon of time. Time is something to be conquered: 24 hour shopping, the desire to appear forever young, ubiquitous electric lighting, strawberries and tomatoes available all year round, artificial technologies such as air conditioners, keeping the same temperature during winter and summer. No matter how convenient some of these developments may be, they all distance us from our awareness of the true nature of time. Due to 100% lighting we do not see the stars – the true markers of time. Quoting Frawley: “Clock time is a useful thing; the astrologer does not suggest in any way that it is wrong, no more that he suggests that astronomy is wrong: the astrologer suggests only that clock time, like astronomy, is a thing devoid of meaning, the true time is the meaning that it lacks, just as astrology is the meaning without which astronomy, now matter how fascinating, is useless”[2].

Enough with the explanations. How can one benefit from electional Astrology?

Firstly, there are two types of elections. The first, and unfortunately by far the most common, are the simpler and easier ones which do not use the natal chart. Examples are auspicious times to begin a diet, beautifying procedures, going to the dentist – as a whole these are meant for activities that are short term and comparatively often used. The second type of elections forms the core of the this astrology branch. They demand working with the natal chart, they are more time-consuming and expensive of course, but their effects are durable and tangible.

But to illustrate: a very small part of those calling themselves astrologers use the second type of elections. Say a person gets impressed with the website/public opinion or business card of an astrology practitioner and goes to this person to elect for him the most auspicious time when to apply for a substantial loan or to mortgage his property: in other words an activity which will seriously affect the life of the person in the years to come. The “astrologer” elects such a moment disregarding the natal chart of the client and accordingly fortifying Venus and Jupiter (only Jupiter and Fortuna are signifcators of wealth but modern Astrology erroneously uses Venus as well), weakens the malefics Mars and Saturn, chooses fortunate aspects for the Moon and the job loks well done. What happens when it turns out that the client has a Libra Ascendant and accordingly Scorpio (ruled by Mars) on the 2nd House cusp which shows the native’s finances, Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) on the 4th House cusp which shows the native’s property, and in the 8th House which shows the bank’s finances, is Taurus (ruled by Venus)? The client goes in the exact elected moment and what is his surprise when they find out that the bank rips them off, offering them extremely disadvantegous conditions. What has happened? What has happened is that the “astrologer” has strengthened the financial power of the bank and has weakened the native’s own financial power, has also weakened their real estate, thus making their client an easy meal for the financial institution. And all of this is sincerely done with the desire to help…

I could give more such examples but the point is clear: Astrology can help you an awful lot, according to the destiny you have, and just because it is so incredibly powerful, used ignorantly or with a malicious purpose, can hurt you just as much.

As electional Astrology, as I wrote in the beginning, is the second step of the astrological hierarchy, it is contained within and subordinate to the higher ones, and especially the next higher one – natal Astrology. In other words, you cannot elect a moment for the realization of something which is not promised in your nativity. Bear in mind that we cannot elect random planetary configurations. We can only adjust ourselves to the preset ones in the astrological calendar, which has been pre-drawn since the beginning of time/Astrology. It is funny how when telling someone that it is not their destiny to be a professional sports player or a musician for example, the person has no problem with it, but when they are told that in this incarnation they will not be wealthy, they react with indignation.

There exist nuances in a few areas in life, however, and this is what astrological magic takes advantage of (at the core of astrological magic is the Star of the Magi consisting of 7 parts representing the 7 planets which rule the days of the week) Thus, a person may not be destined to be wealthy in life, but he is not destined how much exactly he will make in a given year (even though it is seen from the natal chart whether the year will be financially strong, mediocre or weak), and using electional Astrology + magic, can manoeuvre in the limits determined by the strength/weakness of the financial year. It is important to grasp what was just written above. There is no getting away from personal fate. No matter how many visualizations or rituals a person makes, this person can only change the magnitude of the preset limits of a given time period, which – is true, would not happen if the person were just flowing with the tide.

Electional Astrology can be used not only for financial gain, real estate and physical comfort of course. One can elect a moment for absolutely anything, provided of course if it is promised in their natal chart. Here are some examples:

–         Starting a business;

–         Entering matrimony;

–         Reconciliation of people;

–         Commencing the building of a house or facility;

–         Sowing and cultivating agricultural produce;

–         Buying of animals;

–         Applying for a job or an interview;

–         Hiring staff;

–         Starting an operation or treatment (* medical knowledge and medical Astrology skills required)

–         Starting the writing of a work/book;

–         Starting a journey or a pilgrimage;

–         Spiritual initiation;

–         Entering a secret society

The most important thing to remember from this article is that this type of Astrology must be used with the natal chart. Thus, to ensure that the probability of you receiving a quality service is greater, check how many of astrology practitioners who offer electional Astrology, require your personal data.

[1] Edward P. Thompson, “The Making of the English Working Class” (1963, chapter 6.

[2] John Frawley  in his incredible book: “The Real Astrology”. I strongly recommend it; some ideas and quotations are taken and further developed from it.

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