First, how would you define the Electional Astrology?
This is an almost childish question, because everyone knows it is the
astrological art of electing the most propitious moment for performing an
How does it work?
Another real simple question: the client comes to astrologer with the intent
of improving his/her chances of success by starting a certain venture at the
right time and asks the astrologer to calculate the most auspicious moment. The
astrologer takes a look at the natal chart, then goes to the ephemeris and looks
for those astrological positions and aspects that will insure a very good
Why does it work?
Every event of our lives has its own existence according to the astrological
elements that influenced its beginning. Making sure that an event starts under
positive astrological influences improves its outcome.
Now, there are some philosophical or metaphysical issues concerning the
Is this a way to alter one's destiny?
Technically, it is. The marriage chart for instance acts like a very powerful
trend that influences the entire life. Choosing a different marriage chart
equals to choosing a different marriage.
Couldn't it be also a spiritual path? Trying to live in harmony with the
Universe, according to its astrological laws, does it really help the person to
be more harmonious, or does it just emphasizes the "lazy" side of that person?
There are so many astrologers out there that state that the electional
astrology should be used only for the major events of our lives like wedding,
changing residence or jobs. There are also astrologers that claim that they
prefer not to use astrology in their daily living because it'd be too much
asking of it or it'd subdue their lives to the stars or maybe the astrology just
doesn't work for them. This is just a matter of how one looks at astrology.
If one sees the astrology as an exterior set of rules, like the driving rules,
then it is explainable, but the astrology can become a natural part of life,
like the weather.
Free will versus Destiny
Getting to the much-disputed free will versus destiny issue in people's
lives, one may wonder couldn't the electional astrology reading be also a part
of the destiny? For it is not rare to find very significant correlations
between the natal charts and the electional charts. In my experience, I've seen
many times on the elected day & time for a significant event, generally
marriage, that there is a wonderful correlation with the natal charts of bride
and the groom, as if that day was meant to be their wedding date from the
beginning. Couples come and say: "We want to get married next year. Please pick
a good marriage date". And from the entire range of days of the next year, on
the elected date Venus is conjunct the progressed Moon of the bride and trines
the Descendant of the groom, although this was not a primary element considered
when I elected that day. I noticed it afterwards, and said to myself
"wow, that's nice!" Or, on other occasions, for instance, I noticed another very
special astrological element such as Juno (the asteroid of marriage) conjunct
the Ascendant of one of the spouses.
In order to explain this phenomenon, we may consider the marriage chart both
as an electional chart (from astrologer's perspective) and as an event chart
(from everybody else's point of view). Therefore the marriage chart must
incorporate characteristics of both. Ultimately, it is not hazard that the bride
and the groom consulted an astrologer before setting their marriage date, this
must have been part of the divine plan for their lives called destiny. Then
again, what is free will and what is destiny in our lives?
I think that everything that happens is both free will and destiny. We live
in this Universe as biological or spiritual beings, as you prefer, therefore we
must obey to its rules. This is our "destiny". It is what we do with these rules
that is called "free will".
However, every one of us has his/her own destiny. We are bound to some life
patterns, according to the natal chart. Therefore, we have different degrees and
forms of "free will"...
"Astrology Zen Koan": The best astrology is the most fatalistic. The best astrologer is the one who believes the most in free will.
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