Hi Yoi & all,
Unfortunately most of the information about the LoF on the internet is misunderstood, that is according to the reasons for its original use. It most certainly is not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that most people think it is, neither is it specifically lucky or fortunate. In my earlier posts I have made other relevant remarks about it you may want to check. I will give a brief account of what it represents and how it works, but first a note.
The Lot of Fortune is measured from the Sun to the Moon in a diurnal chart, and the Moon to the Sun in a nocturnal chart. The Fortuna house system should be used with ‘whole sign’ houses.
To set up a Fortuna chart first one has to find the LoF ascendant, this is the degree of what people commonly refer to as ‘the part of fortune’. You say your LoF is 9 SAG 47 and you are correct in saying that this is your Fortuna ascendant or first house cusp. The LoF by sign indicates a special interest to us personally, and as yours is in Sagittarius it indicates that broadening your horizons will be of special interest to you. You may do this though drink, drugs, travel to places of splendor, higher education that may concern philosophy, culture, language, law or religion (many other things too) etc.
I am assuming your LoF was arrived at by the diurnal/nocturnal method as mentioned above. If not, this information will be applicable to a completely different lot.
If your LoF is in the 7th house natal house you interests would like be attained in social situations such as colleges, universities. It might also give more weight to the social sciences as a particular interest to you personally. If your LoF has any connection to your love life you will most likely find a partner and/or very good friends that could help you achieve the things you are after at study centers or other social advancement institutions. It would certainly give a liking for social gatherings in general.
To construct a Fortuna chart what you need is your natal chart with all the major planets entered, but no house cusps. With your 9 SAG 47 Fortuna ascendant you can begin to mark off equal houses at 9 SAG 47 in each sign. For example, your second house would be 9 CAP 47, your third house would be 9 AQU 47 and so on around the wheel.
In doing the above we now come to a slight debate area; some astrologers say the house cusps are defined as the borders of the houses, and others (myself included) believe the cusps to be pointers to the sign of that particular house.
As your LoF is in Sagittarius, any planet in Sagittarius is in your first Fortuna house (which is an angular house). Any planet in Capricorn would be in your second Fortuna house (succeedent). Any planet in Aquarius would be in your third Fortuna house (cadent), and so on around the twelve houses. After completing this you need to look at what planets are angular for they are the strongest planets in the Fortuna system, succeedent planets are fairly good but cadent planets are weak in respect to general fortune. The reason for my saying that a square to Jupiter is far better than a trine to Mars is as follows: The Fortuna chart strength lies in its angles, if the malefics are angular then ones fortunes are tied up with ones disappointments and good fortune in general will require much work. If on the other hand the benefics are angular, ones opportunities come more frequently, and are much more noticeable. Therefore, if Mars makes a trine to the LoF he must be in a succeedent house, and not as strong as an angular Jupiter. Strictly speaking aspects per se are/were not used in delineating ones LoF, the most important factors are angular, succeedent or cadency.
I should mention that malefic planets can be made totally benefic by their overall natal condition, in much the same way benefics can be made malefic by their natal conditions too.
Once you have set up your Fortuna chart, the next step is to see where it fits into your natal chart. What you are looking for here is to see how active it is and what signs are being signified by your LoF. To make it easy, all you really need to do is use your LoF ascendant. Again, I would use ‘whole sign houses’ for the natal chart but feel free to use whatever system you choose. Is your LoF in your first house, second house, third house and so on? If your LoF is in an angular house it will have quite a high significance in your life. Yoi, your LoF is in the 7th which is an angular sign and therefore there will be a lot of significance between its condition and your life when its ruler is a chronocrator of the general times. In your chart it is in a mutable sign so it is generally more active in directions and time lord transits when any of the planets are moving through the mutable signs.
Now we have a basic sketch of the strength of the LoF and the signs where fortune will be active in your chart. It is now time to see how these times can be mapped out according to your life. Your LoF is in Jupiter’s sign, and Jupiter has a cycle of twelve years. This makes Jupiter the LoF significator for the first twelve years of your life. If you check back into your chart you should see between the ages of 1-12 where Jupiter’s ingress/direction/transit/station through the cadent signs has links to events in your life during his time lord period. After twelve years Jupiter hands over the reigns to the ruler of the next zodiac sign, this in your case is Capricorn.
Here is another area where there is some controversy; Saturn’s great period is 57 years of which 27 years are given to Capricorn and 30 years to Aquarius. Some astrologers would suggest that the years should be reversed, or Capricorn and Aquarius should receive the same time period by dividing the major period in two giving 28.5 years to each. I personally favour the former giving 27 years to Capricorn and 30 to Aquarius.
From the age of twelve Saturn has taken over as chronocrator for the distribution of fortune for 57 years although in its general periods you have a Capricorn Saturn first and an Aquarius Saturn after. The difference between these two Saturn periods are; one is nocturnal and the other diurnal and this relates specifically to the condition and sect of Saturn in your personal chart.
When it comes to aspects to the LoF, there is far more to them than the geometric angles. To a certain extent the Fortuna chart can be read just like a natal chart as long as the sect, phase, topical house and general condition of the aspecting planet are taken into account. A Jupiter in trine to the LoF ascendant could be significating a lottery win or a very fortunate life, but it could also be suggesting a disposition to cancer. One has to be very careful about the condition of the aspecting planet because ones fortune can be good or bad, this is something people often forget when delineating the LoF. There is no fatalism here, just openness to the fact that fortune is a double edged sword.
You say your LoF ascendant is conjunct your Sun, and in a general sense the Sun represents fame, honour and rank as well as children and a family. The Sun sets his goals then goes for them, he wants recognition and to be seen in places where high society might notice him and give him a helping hand. He sets his own rules which make him suitable for leadership. These things are for the most part stated by the house and sign the LoF ascendant occupied at birth in the natal chart. My aim here is to demonstrate a method in assessing the LoF as one cannot make deductions without taking into account his entire condition within your chart. Hopefully this will give some pointers on how to examine the LoF.
One final note is if the LoF ascendant falls in Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius or Pisces it is ruled by a benefic planet, and because of this a certain amount of luck, help or opportunities will come their way. Another thing that some of you may want to investigate is the tenth house from the LoF ascendant, this is because it represents the height of ones fortune in the same way the tenth natal house reflects our reputation based upon the actions we have taken.
Finally, there are sub-lords of the Fortuna system which are divisions of the times allotted to the general time lords, these show the unfoldment of what is going on during the general time lord periods. It cannot be explained very easily without going into a lot of detail and a great deal more time. If this article has wet your appetite for further investigation into these detailed times I would suggest visiting projecthidsight.com.