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Astrology & Chess
Looking for the lost secret of Astrology and Chess
Is Chess a Divine Game? There are some evident correlations between the
game of chess and the astrology which lead us to the conclusion that the Chess
is a game inspired by the Universal Laws, maybe by the planetary movement.
Is Chess another kind of Astrology?
In Chess we have a board divided in 8 columns and 8 rows, in Astrology we use
the zodiacal circle divided in 12 signs. In Chess we have 6 symbols, the
pieces (King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Pawn), in Astrology we have 7
symbols, the 7 traditional planets, (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn). There are rules for the movement of these symbols and each has a
specific value or interpretation. The Art of the Player of Chess is to
thoroughly study and understand the network of influences and forces on the
chessboard, then to elaborate a strategy that will lead him/her to the defeat of
the opponent. The Art of the Astrologer is to thoroughly study and understand
the network of influences in the astrological chart, then to elaborate an
overall conclusion of it.
So far we seem to have only some general rules that apply to most board
Pieces - Planets correlations
Looking deeper into this, one may notice some striking correlations.
There are some strong pieces-planets correlations.
The King is obviously correlated with the Sun. When the King is besieged and
captured (checkmate) the game is over. The Queen is correlated with the Moon
in astrology. The Moon moves quickest of all planets, so does the Queen on the
chessboard. In horary and electional (traditional astrology) the Moon is the
most important planet to be considered. So is the Queen in Chess. The Pawns
are like children, which are traditionally ruled by the Moon. When they grow
old, that is, when they reach the other end of the chessboard, they become
Queens. Therefore the Pawns are also correlated with Moon. The Bishops are
obviously correlated with Jupiter, since Jupiter rules the religion and the
religious persons. However, as the Bishops move always diagonally and there is
the planet Mars whose glyph or symbol is a circle with an arrow coming out of it
in an oblique direction, this is why the Bishops can also be associated
functionally with Mars. So, the Bishops' nature is Jupiter/Mars. The Rooks
are also called Castles, therefore are associated with Saturn. But since they
move only horizontally or vertically. As the ideogram of Venus is a formed of a
circle with a cross below it, we may say that the Rooks are functionally
associated with Venus. So, the Rooks' nature is Saturn/Venus. The Knights are
also called Horses, and they move atypically by jumping over other pieces, much
like flying. Therefore, the Knights may be associated with Mercury, the Roman
name of Hermes, the messenger god, with winged sandals.
Houses - Game stages correlations
The astrological development of the game of Chess
I'll present next the correlations between the twelve astrological houses of
an astrology chart and the development of a game of chess.
The traditional "joys of the planets" are a particularly helpful concept
here. It refers to the house where a planet enjoys itself, its energy being
really appropriate and useful there. The astrological tradition considers that
Mercury has its joy in the 1st house, the Moon in the 3rd house, Venus in the
5th house, Mars in the 6th house, the Sun in the 9th house, Jupiter in the 11th
house and Saturn in the 12th house.
The 1st house is associated with the beginning of the game. The players move
the first pieces. At this stage, the Knights are very important as they jump
over the Pawns and can attack the opponent's Pawns. Mercury (the Knights) has
its joy in the 1st house.
The 2nd house is associated with the next stage of the game, the development
of the pieces, the building of a structure of defense.
The 3rd house is associated with the construction of a line of advanced Pawns
(associated with the Moon), communicating and defending one another. At this
stage the Pawns are really important. The Moon has its joy in the 3rd house.
The 4th house is associated with the castling. The King is put behind a wall
of Pawns, in a safe place. The first part of a regular chess game is over.
The 5th house is associated with thinking of a strategy of action; here the
creativity of the player is put to trial. The main issue now is to strengthen
one's position in order to impress the adversary. The Rook (Venus) enters the
game for the first time, as it got out of the chessboard corner through the
castling. Venus has its joy in the 5th house.
The 6th house is associated with a stage of preparations. Once the overall
strategy has been established in the previous stage, it is now the time to put
it into practice, first by apparently innocent moves. In the same time, one must
be attentive to speculate any bad move of the opponent, while trying to fix any
weak points in the defense. The Knights (Mars) should be used to control the
diagonals. Mars has its joy in the 6th house.
The 7th house is associated with the attack, with the overt challenge. It is
the first house over the horizon and from now on the game will be played openly.
The real war begins.
The 8th house is associated with traps and pitfalls, the most dangerous stage
of the game, when the attack may fail and this would lead to a decisive
counterattack. If the attack is successful, the opponent's defense line will be
broken and some of his pieces captured: the 8th house is the turned 2nd house
(pieces) from the 7th house (opponent).
The 9th house is associated with important steps toward victory. Once the
defense line of the opponent has been broken, at this stage the King (Sun) may
be threatened, by check. The Sun has its joy in the 9th house.
The 10th house is the stage when the player is already leading and now has to
plan the next steps to make toward victory.
The 11th house is associated with the final stage of the game, when the final
plan is put into practice. After both sides have captured many pieces, the
Knights (Jupiter) have now plenty of space to run across the chessboard. Jupiter
has its joy in the 11th house.
The 12th house is associated with the end of the game. The Rooks (Saturn) are
supporting from behind the Pawns to advance and transform into Queens, which
will checkmate the adversary's King and bring the victory. Saturn has its joy in
the 12th house.
This is an astrological overview of the game of chess.
The astrological chart for the start of the chess game
The astrological chart for the start of the chess game may be treated either
as an event chart or as an electional chart, in the rare cases, when the chess
game is scheduled to a favorable astrological moment on purpose.
I'd consider the 1st house to represent the player that makes the first move
in the game, the one with the white pieces, while the opponent, the player with
the black pieces, will be represented in the 7th house.
At this moment, I'm still studying this issue, considering the planet and
pieces correlations as well as the astrological houses - chess game stages,
described above. If you'd like to share your thoughts on this, please contact