Translation of light in Horary Astrology · August 8, 2020, 7:10 GMT
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Translation of light in Horary Astrology
Theory and Practice
The translation of light is another way to bring a positive answer to the question, other than an applying aspect between the significators. A third planet, separates from one of the significators and applies to the other significator, such translating the light and nature of the first planet to the other. If the aspects involved are good, then the matter will be solved quickly and without difficulty. But if the aspects are bad then it'll take some time and effort. If the first planet receives the translating planet in any of its essential dignities, that ensures an easier flow of events.
Here's what the ancients wrote about the translation of light:
Astrological charts featuring a Translation of light
Which kind of translation of light is correct?
This is an interesting horary chart and question. I was reading Anthony Louis' book "Horary Astrology: Plain and Simple" and was a little bit confused by the two versions of translation of light presented there: the traditional standpoint and the one adopted by some modern astrologers who do do not require reception by essential dignities and allow the faster planet to aspect both significators in turn, rather than separating from one and applying to the other. I asked then (really focused and wanting to know the answer), "which of these two approaches to the translation of light is correct, the traditional one or the modern one?"
Chart data: May 1, 2005, 12:30 pm EED, 25e10, 46n58
Amazingly, this unsual horary question is actually answered clearly by the horary chart, by an example of correct translation of light:
The quesited house is the 9th, as I considered the 9th house to represent the astrology (it is a divine science). In the horary chart the Moon is translating the 1st house ruler (the Sun) to the 9th house ruler (Neptune) or a 9th house planet (Mercury). But, without reception. The Moon (translating planet) is not received by the first planet (the Sun) in any of its terms.
This would support the traditional standpoint: a quicker planet translates the light from one significator to another, but the reception is not required.
Also, we notice that the Sun separates from Uranus (modern) and applies to Saturn (tradition).
Even more, the horary chart Ascendant (13Leo27) is smack on my natal Saturn (12Leo43), representing the tradition.
So, the answer is quite clear and leaves no doubt about the correct technique: the traditional one.
In addition to the standard horary interpretation, there is this technique which proves sometimes to be quite amazing - in horary charts, the Sabian Symbol of the antiscion of any relevant house cusp is very descriptive of what happens in that house.
In this chart, the Sabian Symbol for the antiscion of the Ascendant is (Taurus 17): A symbolical battle between "swords", the disciples of might and "torches", the disciples of enlightenment. What could describe better the two different points of view on the same mater: the traditional one and the modern one...?
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