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Electional Astrology: An Introduction

What is electional astrology? How can I use it?

Electional astrology is the field of astrology that focuses on using astrology in order to plan the start dates of actions and projects. People use electional astrology in order to plan the dates and times of weddings, job interviews, first dates, or business or academic ventures or projects. You use this field of astrology in order to determine when the most amount of “luck” will be brought out during your project or action.

Of course, there’s no guarantee the action or project will finish successfully, even if you use electional astrology properly to plan the start date and time, but it’s important to remember that your definition of “success” at the end of a project will be different at the time, compared to later in life, when that project is viewed with a wider scope. That is, even if something seems unsuccessful at the time, it doesn’t mean it won’t benefit you greatly, in the grand scheme of things.

How do I use electional astrology?

Pick a date and time/location when you’d like to start your project or initiate your event or action. Check out the astrological chart for that date and time (you can use your standard birth chart generator and use the date/time for the future).

There are many factors to consider when working with electional astrology. In the eyes of many astrologers including myself, the moon and the chart ruler are the most important entities to consider when determining the date and time of an event.

Let’s first discuss the moon.

It is believed that the best day to start a project is a day when the moon is waxing, while not being too close to the new moon or the full moon. Preferably, the moon should be forming a trine or sextile aspect with the sun, while waxing, but that’s not entirely necessary.

Also, while we’re talking about aspects, check to make sure all aspects made with the moon at the prospective time are applying. That means, the moon is approaching the point where it forms a perfect 0º orb aspect with the other planet. (To check this, you can look at the orb of the aspect. If the orb is negative, it is applying.) If not all aspects made with the moon are applying, check aspects made between the moon and relevant planets. That is, if you’re planning the date/time of a wedding or first date, check to make sure any aspects formed between the moon and Venus or Juno are applying. If you’re planning the date/time of an academic or professional project, check to make sure any aspects formed between the moon and Jupiter or Saturn are applying. If you’re planning an art project, maybe check any aspects between the moon and Venus or Neptune or Uranus.

Make sure the moon is NOT void of course at the prospective time. For more information on void of course periods, check this post.

Some astrologers also believe that the moon should be positioned in an earth sign, but this isn’t entirely necessary.

Now let’s discuss the chart ruler. If you aren’t sure what a chart’s ruler is, check this post before continuing.

The chart ruler at the prospective time should be well positioned. It should be exalted or in its domicile, if possible, and not intercepted. You should adjust the prospective time in order to change the ascendant of the chart, which in turn changes the chart ruler. Also, like with the moon, check to see all relevant aspects made with the chart ruler are applying.

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Look at the relevant house(s) having to do with your action or event. If you are choosing the date/time of a wedding, check the 7th house, and make sure the planets within the 7th house are well placed and not conflicted or intercepted. Also, make sure the planets within that house are beneficial for your event or action. You probably don’t want to get married while Pluto is in the 7th house, for example. If you are choosing the date/time of a journey, check the 9th house. If you are choosing the date/time of something professional or academic, check the 10th house. If the chart ruler is in a relevant house, that is a good sign.

Look out for retrogrades! As we all know, getting married during a Venus retrograde or making decisions during a Mercury retrograde probably isn’t the best idea.

Remember, when you are choosing the dates/times of events, you should be dealing with the “official” or symbolic initiation of the action or event. For example, even if you’ve been dating a person for a while or you’ve been living with them and “unofficially” married to them, the symbolic start of your marriage is at your wedding when you’re pronounced married, so that’s the date/time you need to consider. Even if you’ve been thinking about a project for a while, you officially didn’t start it until you literally, physically begin it. It may not always be obvious what the “official” beginning of an action or event is, but you should be able to come up with something.

If you want to be able to manipulate the chart of a future time without having to create charts over and over, I suggest the app AstroVizor, which I believe is only available on Android. It allows you to scroll through dates and times quickly in order to manipulate astrological charts. It’s hard to explain, but trust me, this is the app to have if you want to move around dates and times without having to create multiple charts. If there is a similar app available for iPhones, someone should let me know!

An Example

I don’t really like using electional astrology retrospectively, simply because it feels a little “fake” and “easy” to me, plus it’s super biased, but I’ll go ahead and do it anyway simply so we can have an example. So, I’m a little bit self-centered and a little too enthusastic about my relationship with my boyfriend, Sam. He officially asked me to be his girlfriend on April 19, 2013 at 6:30pm EST. Of course, I didn’t really plan this time, but looking back, we can look at the astrological chart for that moment and see if that date/time was good for initiating a relationship.

At this date and time, the moon was positioned in Leo, in the 10th house. The moon was 60% visible near the first quarter, waxing. The chart ruler was Venus (since the ascendant was positioned in Libra), and Venus was postioned in the 7th house in Taurus (which Venus rules), in a loose conjunction with the sun. Also positioned in the 7th house are the sun (in Taurus) and Mars, which is Aries (which Mars rules). At the time there were a Saturn and Pluto retrograde.

So, what does this mean? I know I’m very biased, but I believe this chart points to a successful, fruitful relationship. We have a waxing moon and a chart ruler (Venus, the planet of relationships) placed in the 7th house (the house of relationships) and Taurus (which Venus rules). In other words, the chart ruler is very very well placed, along with Mars, which is in the 7th house and in Aries. There also was no Venus or personal planet retrograde.