Five Pillars of Fate: Ancient Greek Astrology
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This information is preliminary material from "The Five Pillars of Fate" book, based on the work of 2nd century astrologer Vettius Valens and his Anthology....

This information is preliminary material from "The Five Pillars of Fate" book, based on the work of 2nd century astrologer Vettius Valens and his Anthology.

Five of what are known as the "arabic parts" are the foundation of this astrological system which provides the most accurate method of predicting fame in the natal chart. Indeed, not only fame, but the general nature of a native's fate and fortune.

Chapter one of "The Five Pillars of Fate" is available free when you register at http://ancientsky.com

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  • 1. Claire-France Perez and The Five Hidden PillarsGarth, astrologers Antoine of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth,powered by astrology AncientSky.com: Answers Claire-France Perez AncientSky.com, present: Antoine Garth Astrologer scholar of Vettius Valens, Second Century Astrologer 1 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 2. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Each Lot provides a kind of script, a lens through which an important feature of fate can be perceived. How do we gain wealth? Fame? Happiness? Love and devotion? These are the questions of fate, and each horoscope details its inexorable inner workings, providing a summary of fate if we could only but read what is written. –Antoine Garth INTR0DUCTION: quot;The Five Hidden Pillars of Fatequot; Fate? or Destiny? There are two types of charts: 1) those which portray a Destiny, exalted or otherwise, and 2) those that force the native to pursue a Fortune. An imaginative way to describe the difference is taken from the fairy tale of the The circle is divided into 360 quot;lots.quot; king and his three sons, one of whom is invariably a “dunce.” Each young man must each leave the castle “To seek my fortune.” To their surprise, the least of them, the quot;fool,quot; returns with a Destiny. It could be said that a fortune is pursued, but a destiny is imposed, or at least given. A world leader or celebrity is born with a destiny. Although he also “pursues a fortune,” (gets a job, pays his expenses, somehow pursues self-sufficiency) his chart presents indicators for exalted status, life in the public eye, and possibly power over life and death. Proof that such a destiny may be indicated in a chart is provided by planetary time cycles which must support the natal indicators. These time cycles introduce the auspicious planetary period, for the timing of 2 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 3. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez events which manifest from the natal indicators and come to full fruition. (This discussion of cycles goes beyond the current scope, and will be developed more thoroughly in later chapters.) Such destined personalities are among the minority in a population. The majority of us are not dogged--though we may wish it otherwise--by destiny. The more common situation belonging to you or I, is a pursuit of fortune. By this, we must create the means of our existence, and beat the pavement as required to maintain the roof over our heads. We all have a destiny as well, but a larger, publicly recognized destiny is not what defines our lives. An exalted destiny is not bestowed upon us. We may or may not be happy with that, but it's what we’ve been given--that's our lot. Take great care to avoid judging those who attain to wealth and fame; it is not our place to judge. Obviously some larger pattern sets about and “decides” who gets what. We mortals obviously have no control over the allotment of fate. We may impotently stare injustice in the face, observing the noble ones who are extinguished like flies, while lesser or more evil, even twisted ones, advance. If we've lived long enough, we've had plenty of opportunity to observe such distortions of justice. Some of us are on the receiving end of the same Michael Jackson's life can injustices. We must pursue our fortunes to rectify these paltry be divided into three distinct cycles, or periods: child circumstances, and raise ourselves as best we can in spite of performer, quot;Thriller,quot; and lawsuits what fate has apportioned. That is our fortune. When dealing with this Second Century experience of astrology and absorbing these concepts and techniques we must also discuss determinism: Is Fate or is Free Will determining the turns in life? Are we humans living within a deterministic system, or a quot;Free Willquot; system? This second century style of astrology is completely deterministic, only recognizing the wheels which turn our situations, and reconfirms fate’s binding aspect of apportionment. In our modern 3 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 4. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez era, this is rejected out of hand, so no one is really watching, except astrologers and playwrights, so play along for the while of this inquiry into a deeper insight. How are we to balance determinism and Free Will? Modern astrology has plenty of experience with Free Will systems. Most astrology as it is practiced right now is all about Free Will belief; but this modern style still doesn't produce accuracy in the way the Mediterranean World View finds satisfying. But in this technique, we have visceral, sometimes shattering results. Disappointingly, modern astrological practice has developed progressively more complex techniques without yielding greater accuracy of delineation, for all the trouble. In a contrast of simplicity, the whole-sign style of understanding the Zoidia--the Zodiac--when coupled with Valen’s interpretive tools, our Five Pillars, go directly to the heart of the native’s fate and can describe what is known as their Fortune. Vettius Valens, like others of his era, confidently predicted fame, fortune and riches. Now, modern astrologers may attempt the same and succeed using his techniques. Indeed, the karmic record may be knowable, and a fortune may be told. For this work, let's relax our Egos and experiment with some very different points of view, and not only examine the deterministic system, but inhabit it. To best teach this, I will embody it without equivocating. There will be no claiming either, quot;We all have Free Will,quot; or, quot;This is absolutely destined.quot; The second century point of view provides another way to perceive a person's destiny and observe that which is quot;fatedquot; for that person. Thus, determinism is the “binding legislation” Slot Machine: Slots, Lots, that governs this astrological work. Lottery and Plot share an etymological root. 4 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 5. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Vettius Valens, Second Century Astrologer Much of this material originates from and liberally borrows from, Robert Schmidt's article, Facets of Fate, which along with The Anthology by Vettius Valens, informs this work. I've always been attracted to Vedic astrology where I was introduced to whole sign systems. While reading the Valens Anthology, I discovered astrology’s distant past was also rooted in the whole-sign style. It was through the practice of this system that some unusual and previously hidden patterns were revealed. This forgotten style of astrology produced a far more visceral connection between the symbol and the narrative of each client. The second century world-view of the ancient Greek or Egyptian practitioner was an astrology based upon the A fortune, ruled by Venus, as denoted by the rose. concept of Fate. The ancient astrologer was interested in excavating the native’s Fate: the narrative or path upon which a person's life unfolds. This approach as represented by Vettius Valens leads initially to various charts in search of money, fame, position and power. However, the attainment of these things is just the beginning. Fate Hellenistic astrology revolves around the concept of fate. Moira, which means fate, is the name of the goddess that later became the Moirae; The Three Fates. Robert Schmidt defines fate as “The cosmic principle of ‘binding apportionment.’quot; (fate is the root of quot;fatality,quot; and quot;femme fatale.quot;) The Three Fates are in charge of our allotment. Robert Schmidt calls the planets quot;Instruments of fate.quot; In this work we are assigning the same instruments as the“Hidden Pillars” of fate or destiny. Thus, even the Olympian gods work to carry out the edict of the Moirae. The Three Fates represent the personification of the quot;inescapable destiny of man.quot; 5 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 6. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Within the word quot;apportionmentquot; is contained the word quot;portion,quot; meaning: quot;lot.quot; quot;Binding” is defined as that to which we are tied, bound, or committed. Governmental laws provide an example of this, as we have binding and non-binding contracts or legislation. If the legislation is binding, citizens must follow the mandate. If it is not binding, there is no mandate, and it can mostly be ignored. Yet, fate presents a mandate in which there is no wiggle room: All contracts with fate are binding. A typical example of binding apportionment is found in the experience of someone born with a congenital health disorder, inherited as part of their family's genetic history. This part of the native’s fate included being born with this specific health disorder, the image par excellence of fate’s “binding- legislation,” partly for the ancestral lineage, Charlie Chaplin on the lots of the wheel. but more specifically for the native's birth. That health issue is this person's fate. The role of the Three Fates The first of these fates is “Clotho,” the etymological root of quot;cloth.quot; She's the Spinner. The spinning wheel is the central motif in the mythology of The Three Fates. Each of the them has a specific relationship and portrays Youth, Middle Age and Elderly life.The thread of life is spun by Clotho. Atropos, “The Inevitable,” winds the thread on the spindle. When something atrophies it diminishes, slowly loses its vitality. Lachesis is quot;The Apportioner,quot; measures the thread of life, and cuts it. Her name may be the modern language root of “lachryma,” the tear drop, present at the tomb, the plot or final resting place. Within the Greek pantheon, the Fates are spoken of mostly in reference to length of life and how the Fates determine it. However, the Fates threefold operation is a metaphor for all of the regions of life, or all 12 astrological houses. As an example, we can look at marriage. As the 6 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 7. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Fates work within the area of life that represents marriage, a marriage thread is spun out by Clothos, portioned out, wound down by Atropos, and then terminated by Lachesis. Each life has a specific and individual marriage or relationship narrative. In every area of life each person’s story has spun a different thread or outcome. Take the “money region” of life, and there we find everyone has a different money narrative, spun out, apportioned, and finally cut off. In the case of Donald Trump we find many instances of the fates cutting off his financial prosperity as his destiny unfolded from quot;failurequot; to fantastic wealth and then back to financial loss and back again to fantastic wealth. He started out with very little, made lots and lots (lots!) of money, and then lost almost everything, only to start over from scratch. We can examine these quot;cut offsquot; and wonder, quot;Is this part of Trump’s financial apportionment?” This is how the fated money narrative plays out for The Donald. Fate & Fortune Lachesis: Greek, to apportion by lot; one of the three deities, the other being Clotho and Atropos. The distinction between fate and fortune are intertwined, The three fatal goddesses who, often sharing the same definition. If fate represents according to the poets, reside in the palace of Pluto; or the “binding apportionment,” then fate could be the binding Destinies, who did appoint to every one the several adventures aspect and fortune, the portion received. A person's fortune of his life; what they had decreed, according to the is dictated by fate. Robert Schmidt confirms this by saying judgement of the gods, could not be altered: They were more that the planets are the instruments of Moira. Even the especially occupied in handing vastly powerful Olympian gods fear the Three Fates. Even the thread of man's life; the youngest held the distaff and did the gods! draw the thread; the next in age wound it about the spindle or reel, and the third being old and Our modern astrological focus has traveled along the decrepit, cut it off; and this is followed by the immediate death trajectory of Marc Edmund Jones, in which “character is of the person living. destiny” and possibly one of the wisest things Jones ever The universal etymological English dictionary, by Nathan wrote. Through this particular technique, we can show how Bailey, 1733 character is destiny. Jones was trying to step away from the deterministic view, and taking astrology into a more psychological direction, by using astrology to reveal inner motivations. 7 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 8. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Yet, at this point, we astrologers have as resources, the required psychological knowledge and foundations. We have Freud and Jung to provide the insights from the point of view of analysis. But, we haven't really been looking at how the chart can show us the fate, or the portion that we must bear in each part of our life, which may then beg the question: quot;Who is fortunate?quot; I once worked in an upscale gym where membership dues were a monthly $1200. It was high class. All the paying members received an evaluation and were set up with a special trainer. It was their questionnaire that was memorable. One of the questions was: quot;How would you rate your support system? Would you say you have a strong support system?quot; When taking the questionnaire I answered without hesitation, quot;Absolutely yes, I have a fantastic support system.quot; I couldn't even believe that it was a question. And then I asked the resident expert, quot;Does anyone ever say no?quot; She responded by explaining that a majority of the clients declared for themselves a sorry support system. So then followed the question again: quot;Who is fortunate?quot; Was it I, the poor, struggling artist working there at the front desk for eleven dollars an hour handing out towels, at these people's disposal for eight hours, then going home to a fabulous Is money the only quot;fortune?quot; support system? Or, was it the wealthy, influential people who could use their power, wealth and influence at their whim and disposal but without a support system and nobody upon whom they could depend or consider an ally? I clearly felt that I was the more fortunate in that comparison. They were more fortunate than I for their disposable wealth, but I was more fortunate in the quot;good will towards menquot; department of life. That was an instructive moment. It can also be instructive therefore, to partition life into regions of Fortune. Good health is 8 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 9. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez clearly another type of Fortune. One of my best friends is a woman whose husband had cancer and battled it long and hard. They had been wealthy and lived very comfortably in the Los Angeles hills, but moved to Thailand (where I met her) so that their savings could stretch further. Upon his death six years later, she was an impoverished widow, completely penniless. She had had a very fortunate, loving, wonderful marriage and then all of a sudden, had to fend for herself. So, here we have another example of the twists and turns of fate. We all know from stories such as these how the wheel of Fortune can turn on us: It can turn and bring us a stunning and fruitful harvest, or it can turn again and abandon us to deserted barrenness. This is the crucial concept. With this technique we can pick apart some of these story lines. With the examination of these charts from the deterministic point of view, we can readily say, quot;Oh yes, here we can see that the person is going to be very famous but have no money.quot; As astrologers we can point to the destiny to say quot;This person is going to have lots of money and influence but never be president.quot; So, what is good Fortune? Who is a person that is fortunate, and can astrology predict it? The answer: Yes, it can. THE WHOLE SIGN CHART Recently, when I was reading a Vedic astrology book, I realized for the first time that there were three Vedic astrology chart types. I knew about the North and South Indian chart types, they're very different from each other, but I didn't know there was such a thing as an East Indian chart. It was the chart that I had been using for the past eight or ten Coin of the realm: a priest bestows the years without knowing its name. (See the comparison of the crown to the Caesar. two styles of charts on page 23) 9 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 10. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez The East Indian chart looks like a tic-tac-toe board, with diagonals cut through the corners to create the twelve houses. With Vedic astrology, there are certain chart types where the houses move and certain chart types where the zodiac signs move. There's been discussions about whether Vedic astrology originated from the Greek, and in talking to a good friend who lives in India, I learned that there were Greeks who lived in India during the Alexandrian time period which of course would be right around the time that we're talking about, the second century, so here was a way that these astrological traditions might have blended. There's always anxiety around with working with house systems: which system is better, and why I don't use that one, etc. However, you will never see a Western astrologer dissemble more The East Indian Chart quickly than when you ask them to use the whole sign system in their practice. For reasons of habit, they resist even trying it. But we are using the whole sign house system as the primary underpinning of this technique. This might mean that our fabulous angular planets may now become newly positioned in places of lesser strength, in cadent houses. Or, it could mean that planets move into greater strength, possibly into an angular house. Example: let's say by using Placidus cusps, you are blessed with this fabulous Venus in Pisces in the 11th house. However, using whole signs, and an Aries rising chart, that Venus would remove from the 11th, shifting into the 12th house. Here we will meet the resistance of our Ego's favorite chart positions, and perhaps even rebel, stop reading and never learn how to use this system. Yet, this style of astrology does not negate the Placidus arrangement of your planets or hope to usurp it, but instead add another view which provides a sharp lens through which to understand its scripts. The Pillars are scripted archetypes which actually suggest themselves in the narration of each thread, each one's role, all necessary to understanding the second century fate and fortune [point of view. 10 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 11. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Arabic Parts? or Egyptian Lots? The quot;Arabic Partsquot; are a misnomer. The Greeks called these places quot;lots,quot; not parts. When, in the Middle Ages the leading mathematicians of their day- -the Arab and Persian astrologers--took over the helm of astrology, the quot;lotsquot; were renamed quot;parts.quot; So these places were conceived in terms of their mathematical derivation, making them “parts” of the Lot, lottery, slot or plot? 360 degree circle. For this work, it is more correct to O.E. hlot quot;object (anything from dice to straw, but often a chip of call these degrees or places the Egyptian Lots. wood with a name inscribed on it) used to determine someone's share,quot; also quot;what falls to a As we enter the rigors of second century imagination, person by lot,quot; from P.Gmc. we may also adopt their consciousness, their values *khlutom (cf. O.N. hlutr quot;lot, share,quot; O.H.G. hluz quot;share of and methods of learning and perceiving, and gain a land,quot; O.E. hleotan quot;to cast lots, to foretellquot;), of unknown origin. The object was placed with others better insight.. in a receptacle, which was shaken, the winner being the one that fell out first. Hence, to cast lots. In some cases the lots were drawn by hand. The word What is fate? Fate is the lot to which you are bound. was adopted from Gmc. into the Romanic languages We commonly hear, (cf. lottery, lotto). Meaning quot;choice resulting from the lasting of lotsquot; first attested c.1205. Sense of quot;plot of landquot; is first recorded 1633 (distribution of quot;It's my lot in life.quot; or, the best property in new settlements often determined by casting lot), that of quot;group, collectionquot; is 1725, from notion of auction lots. The quot;You know how it is, it's just my lot in life to be generalized sense of quot;great manyquot; is first attested in single.quot; 1812. To cast (one's) lot with another is to agree to share winnings. or, quot;My lot in life is to be poor.quot; The On-Line Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lot What is a lot? The most common noun form of lot denotes an empty space on which something can be built. The lot is empty, but not for long. It will hold something soon. This makes it dynamic, not just a notch. We will look at these positions as lots, not as parts. These places are not mere mathematical summations but spaces pregnant with meaning and potential. The word “lottery” also comes from the word lot, and sheds more interesting insight into how fate determines a person's fortune. Of course, you must buy the 11 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 12. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez correct ticket, meaning that you are “fated” to buy it. On winning, you receive a previously “al- lot-ted” amount. So, we find that the concept of “portion” underlies the meaning of the word lot as we examine it further. THE FIVE INSTRUMENTS of Fate: The LOTS Astrologers have long known about the Lot of Fortune. Its usage, however, has become more and more truncated with the passing of the centuries. Valens quotes some of the earliest available Egyptian sources regarding the importance of the Lot of Fortune, and now, aside from the classical astrologers, you can’t find two astrologers who can agree on a concrete idea about what it is or for what it is used. Most modern astrologers don’t even reverse the formula for finding the Lot of Fortune at night, which is de riguer for this method. Lots? or Places? The first of the Five Pillars is the Lot of Fortune. The second is the Lot of Spirit. The third lot is not technically a lot. In this system we deal with two kinds of zodiacal positions: lots and places. Lots are usually found by taking the distance between two planets, or between a planet and a cusp. Places are the whole sign, usually found by counting sequentially from one to the next. For instance the Place of Acquisition, which is 11 whole signs away from the Lot of Fortune.quot; The fourth is called the Place of Exaltation. The fifth is called the Lot of Basis. The Five Pillars of Fate 1. Lot of Fortune 2. Lot of Spirit 3. Place of Acquisition 4. Place of Exaltation 12 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 13. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez 5. Lot of Basis These are our instruments, our “Pillars,” but they are essentially portals, markers to point the way on our investigation as we attempt to exhume the sarcophagus of the native’s fate and fortune. However, to really “read the record,” so to speak, one must take note of the rulers of these “Pillars” which will tell the story of the native’s fate. To illustrate, take Robert Schmidt’s quote, “the planets are the instruments of fate.” It is not the zodiacal position of the five places that reveals the full information we seek. It is the position of the rulers of those places. These degrees, once located, are entirely dependent on the ruler of that lot or that place’s sign. This will become more evident when we discuss the Ten Rules. The First Lot is Fortune To calculate the Lot of Fortune we must proceed from the Sun’s position by day to the Moon’s position, by night. The distance between them is then projected from the ascendant. (see Antoine's chart, page 23) Note: a diurnal chart (daytime) is marked by the Sun's appearance above the horizon line. A nocturnal birth (night) is marked by the Sun's appearance below the horizon. This will be helpful to keep in mind for all the rest of the Pillars. Given this understanding of the chart we come to a new purpose for the Lot of Fortune: It becomes an alternate ascendant; a new East from which to orient the chart. From Valens, quot;In another manner, if you have come to know the place allotted for Fortune, also consider the squares to it, and the remaining figures to be…. That is that the lot itself will possess the power 13 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 14. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez of the Ascendant, that of life itself. The tenth zoidia from this (they call them zoidia, not signs) the power of the midheaven, that of reputation, the seventh, the power of the descendant, the fourth of the subterranean zoidia, and the remaining places will possess the power of the twelve regions.quot; quot;For some have mystically established the universal ascendant and its squares to be the cosmic pivot points, but the lot, and its squares to be the genethlialogical pivot points.quot; Genethlialogy is defined by Nicholas Devore in his Encyclopedia of Astrology as quot;that department of astrology which deals with the birth of individuals whereby one forms a judgment of the characteristics of a person from a map of the heavens cast for his given birth moment.quot; The above is an important statement, because he says that the natal chart as you're looking at it is not as specific as it might be until you view it with the Lot of Fortune as the ascendant. He is saying our quot;every day ascendantquot; the usual cusp of the first house, which for me (see page 23) would be Sagittarius, gives an excellent general picture of what is going to happen in the native’s life. But if you want to get quot;genethlialogical,quot; i.e., with greater specificity to the birth, and more specific to the genesis, the beginning: you will want to see the chart using the Lot of Fortune as an Ascendant. Vedic astrology and the Hellenistic system are obviously related because Vedic astrology has been using alternative ascendants and derivative houses since time immemorial, and we now realize so has Western astrology. The next step, if we want to really understand what's going on with a person's fate, is to become familiar with the concept of derivative houses. The Armillary enables a visualization of the galaxy As a medieval or renaissance-style astrologer, if you had a client who wanted to know about their sibling, you would rotate the chart to the third house, and its cusp would become the ascendant of the brother. You may then read the chart as though it were your client’s brother’s natal chart. That's one aspect of derivative houses. But here we intend to use derivative houses with our own chart. 14 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 15. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Not only do we look at our own natal ascendant, but we also interpret our Lot of Fortune as an ascendant and read the chart from that direction. Hindu astrologers have long been practicing this technique. When you look at a Vedic chart, you look at the natal chart three ways: 1) taking the Ascendant as the first house, 2) taking the house of the Sun as the First House, and 3) taking the house of the moon as the First House. As a Vedic astrologer, looking at the chart from these three ways supports already noted chart indicators, reveals different facets of interpretation and helps provide accurate predictions. For instance, In my Vedic (see page 23) chart I have Sagittarius rising with the moon in the fifth. To use the house of the Moon as the ascendant, we would use (in my case) the 5th house as the first house. We would read the chart with Sagittarius (see page 23) rising with the moon in the 5th, and then we would read the chart with the moon in the 5th as the first (Moon in this case is in Aries). As Western astrologers we are invited to become flexible with the wheel, turning it like a steering wheel, and judging it with the idea of derivative houses revealing something new, and to the astrologer's great advantage: something accurate about the life being lived by the chart. The Second Pillar: Lot of Spirit. Fortune governs the forces over which we have no control. Shakespeare refers to Lady Fortune throughout his plays, “Lady Fortune has scratched me,” says one character. Common to all allusions regarding Lady Fortune is the idea of being at the mercy of her whim. One can never quite declare, “I shall bend Lady Fortune to my nefarious ends.” One must plot his course and fortune either supports or destroys the result. If the Lot of Fortune is used as an ascendant, and represents the body or vessel, then the Lot of 15 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 16. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Spirit or the Daimon, represents a kind of cosmic substance. Thus, Spirit represents “that vivifying force that arouses man towards action.” That inherent thing within us is a spirit or soul which cannot be seen. The soul is also called anima, root of quot;animate.quot; This impulse is something not yet considered in modern astrology. Spirit represents the “animating substance” of the native. The stuff of which he is made and from which he will act. For example, The Right Stuff is a quot;Wherein have you played the movie which highlights the character of astronaut John Glenn, knave with fortune, that she should scratch you, who of listing his motivation of excellence, as he responds to something herself is a good lady, and would not have knaves thrive long inherent in his nature which contributes to his role as an American under her?quot; All's Well That Ends Well, hero. Shakespeare One of the things that is known about the Lots of Spirit and Fortune is that the Lot of Fortune is the lot of the Moon, and considered the ascendant of the Moon, while the lot of the Spirit is considered the Ascendant of the Sun, or the lot of the Sun. To the Sun is attributed quot;the cause of action and motion.quot; The Sun, according to Valens, quot;...arouses the souls of men for undertaking.quot; We make the distinction here that the Spirit is that which animates the body and creates a sense of personification and identification. So, we can identify the person by their Part of Spirit by noting the nature of this person and his beingness. We have the body, our vehicle, and know that it has its own specific inclinations. But then we also have the spirit, which enlivens this body and creates a sense of personification or self-identification; that which people looking at us from the outside would probably call The Fortune is derived from the Moon. A lunar quot;behaviorquot; or quot;intention.quot; This quot;orientationquot; is to cause the Moon to face the East, or place of quot;risingquot; and thus find its quot;intention,quot; which defines the Part of genethlialogical pivot points, or origins. Spirit, formulates the guiding image of 16 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 17. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez the self. The Part of Spirit defines the internal cosmic substance which identifies us and which propels us towards our decisions, choices and future actions. Valens says, quot;Whence the Lot of Fortune and the Spirit will have much power over the imposing and turning back of actions. For one shows matters concerning the body and handicrafts, The Spirit and its ruler (govern) matters concerning the soul, intellect and actions through discourse and through giving and receiving.quot; The Third Pillar: The Place of Acquisition The Place of Acquisition is always found 11 houses away from the lot of Fortune and provides another similarity between Vedic astrology and second century Hellenistic astrology: the 11th house in Vedic astrology is called the House of Gain. In Vedic astrology it is also classified as an upachaya house, meaning, quot;improves over time.quot; The Place of Acquisition deals with belongings and goods and the kind of things that can be acquired. The Place Acquisition can be found by counting eleven houses from the lot of Fortune. Count forward in the order of the zodiac eleven houses –or count backwards by two houses. If your Lot of Fortune is in Virgo your Acquisition will be in Cancer. Traditionally, one can glean clues from the Medieval or Renaissance era of Western astrology regarding the 11th house’s connection to the concept of gain. Indeed the 11th House represents the receiving of our wishes - our goals as they come to fruition. It is called the House of Associations, Friends, hope and wishes. I have heard it referred too as, “Dreams Come True.” From Vettius Valens in the Anthology, quot;We have also found the 11th place from Fortune to be an acquisitive place, a bestower of belongings and goods and especially when the benefics are upon it or testifying.” So, the 11th from the Lot of Fortune is a house of belongings or goods – of material gain. Here 17 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 18. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez is one way we can discern the difference between a person's fate - whether they have an exalted fate-- and a person's financial or material status. The planet on the Place of Acquisition and the lord of the Place of Acquisition are going to give us a greater assessment, and fill out the picture. So, when we see charts that show an exalted fortune but indicate difficult financial situations, we will see that the ruler of the Place of Acquisition may be in decrepit condition. It may be badly positioned, even with other markers indicating fame and renown. The Fourth Pillar: The Place of Exaltation The Fourth Pillar is perhaps most useful for discerning the future status of the person and whether that status will be particularly high. Here we are first considering the positions of the Sun and the Moon, and how far apart they are from their respective exaltations. The Sun is exalted in Aries and the Moon is exalted in Taurus. To calculate the Fourth Pillar, use the Sun for a diurnal chart, and the Moon for the nocturnal charts. There are two steps for calculation: to find the Place of Exaltation by day count forward the number of signs separating the Sun from the sign of its exaltation, Aries. Step One: by day, count from the Sun in Virgo to the sign of Aries. We want to count the number of signs between Virgo and Aries. Aries is eight signs away from Virgo. Step Two: count the same number of whole signs from the Ascendant. Let's say our Ascendant is Leo. We have already established that Aries is eight signs away from Virgo. We now count the same number, eight signs from Leo, which results in sign Pisces acting as the Place of Exaltation. By night, count the number of signs the moon is away from Taurus. My chart is nocturnal, and my Moon is in Aries, so I would have to go forward one sign to get to Taurus. My ascendant is Sagittarius (see page 23) and we count as many from the ascendant by night as we did the Moon to her exaltation. The Moon is one sign away from her exaltation. Counting one sign away from Sagittarius provides Capricorn is my Place of Exaltation. 18 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 19. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez The Exaltation is probably the most telling of all of the tools or quot;Pillarsquot; that we'll use. It determines how quot;exaltedquot; the status of the person will be. Example: If you find the ruler of the Place of Exaltation ten whole signs, culminating from the Lot of Fortune, it can denote fame. If the ruler of the Place of Exaltation is in its own house, it usually denotes an important life, a life that makes an significant contribution. These are The author's quot;place of exaltation,quot; the first two out of ten rules to be developed in the is in the sign of the Goat. second chapter of this work. In the next chapter we will explore a set of ten firm rules which determine fame and Fortune, based on the Five Hidden Pillars. The Fifth Pillar: The Place of Basis This lot is found by taking the shortest arc between the Lot of Fortune and the Lot of Spirit. That means that if a Lot of Spirit is at 5 Virgo and the Lot of Fortune is at 5 Aries, choose the smallest arc between them (in this case 150 degrees, Aries to Virgo), and then count 150 degrees from the Ascendant. Using the smallest arc means that the Lot of Basis, the hidden root of motivations and actions, will always be below the horizon. The Lot of Basis represents the native's ability to produce or sustain the apportionment of Fortune allotted to the native. It is also the main motivational foundation of the Lot of Spirit, and thus is the basis upon which the native chooses his/her path of action. Spirit and Basis must always be used in conjunction, to best understand the workings of motivation and action. Taken together, they can weave a story that rests somewhere between self-destruction and self- preservation, as the Spirit may motivate, but the Lot of Basis must support that motivation. The Lot of Spirit may describe someone bent on destructive behaviors but the Lot of Basis can emphasize it or hide it by either allowing benefits to go to waste or providing damage control. 19 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 20. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez By comparing the two, a better test of motivations can be brought forward, informing the astrologer of a someone who benefits others from a nature founded on good will, or one who takes advantage of others for his own benefit. How long can fortune hold? Many a millionaire made by the lottery have lost their fortune and returned to or worsened their previous situation. Bonatti described The Place of Basis as the fiduciae ascendantae, meaning roughly Judy Garland quot;the faith in or confidence of the ascendant.quot; By naming it so, it begs the important question: How much faith can one have in fortune? Any gambler will tell you, “None.” How solid is the (emotional, physical or financial) vehicle? Does anything threaten the well-being of the vehicle from within or without? Upon what basis shall the chart succeed? For instance, astrologers must also face the quot;one-hit-wonderquot; in the music industry who must usually wait at least 20 years for the nostalgia movement to once again provide him royalty checks; but this may be a 20-year span he may not live to see. Of vital importance is the ability to stay at the helm: to sustain fortune via good mental and physical health and a solid financial foundation. For example, compare Judy Garland, who attained the very pinnacle of fame, yet became financially destitute and drug-addled, and at age 47 died a squalid, premature death. Contrast that with Mae West, who also attained the pinnacle of fame, yet sailed unharmed by self-destruction into her autumn and winter years as one of the richest women in America, resting on her laurels and contentedly concluding her life at age 89. By observing how the Lot of Basis interacts as a foundation for all of the other indicators, we can get a very clear picture of why Judy Garland's actions in relation to her career were led by self-destruction, as contrasted by the self-preservation evidenced in Mae West's chart. Garland did not have Mae West the self-sustaining powers written in her chart that West had. How much we wish that astrology could provide exactly that sort of imagination for a client, the wisdom to counsel against their own self-destructive patterns. The Place of Basis may be illusive, establishing whether or not the native can hold up under the full weight of his fate. In the chart of Elizabeth II, the lot of Basis is in Gemini in the 6th place of servants and servitude. The ruler, Mercury is in the 4th house of ancestral bearing. Her 20 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 21. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez ancestral heritage being the Basis of her position in life makes Elizabeth II a servant to the Crown and to her ancestral obligation. Mae West had a long, circuitous journey to icon status.quot; She experienced equivocal success as a Vaudevillian of the quot;low and raunchyquot; type and in Broadway during the 1910s. In the '20s Mae's fortune started changing for the better shortly after she began writing and starring in her own material, which led to scandal, notoriety and fame on the Broadway stage. The Lot of Basis occupies the sign of Virgo in the 5th place of quot;Good Fortunequot; with Mercury present. Mercury rules the tongue and Mercury is with Saturn a cold, dry planet in Virgo a cold dry sign, indicative of her dry, understated delivery and her deliberate usage of languor in her movement, in contrast to the other players. Paulus Alexandrinas says of the Place of Basis, quot;It is like Breath. It is a contributing cause to one's ALL, it has governance over the Entirety.quot; On what do you stand? The foundation of your life is found with the Place of Basis. The Gold Standard is the foundation of a sound economy, representing the best Lot of Basis. 21 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 22. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Upcoming in future chapters: The Ancients had a different view of the houses. The ten rules which determine fame, or fortune or both. Comparing the charts of quot;historic twinsquot; persons living in the same era, but having opposite fates. How to use the Pillars to detect your Fortune, find your Destiny. Also: A discussion of the time cycles which bring forth an auspicious planetary period. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology | Date: 1996 lot object used in deciding a matter by appeal to chance; what falls to a person thus OE.; prize in a lottery XVI; plot of land XVII; set of articles XVIII; party or set XVI; large number XIX. OE. hlot portion, choice, decision, corr. to MLG. lot, (M)Du. lot, ON. hlutr, hluti; f. Gmc. *?lut- (also in OE. hl?t lot), rel. to *?leut-, in OE. hle-otan, OS. hliotan, OHG. liozan, ON. hljóta cast lots, obtain by lot, and to *?laut-, in OE. hlíet (:- *?lautiz). OS. hlo-t, OHG. (h)lo-z (G. loos, los), Goth. hlauts lot. The Gmc. word appears in F. lot, It. lotto. Request to read the second chapter free by reccomending friends to the site. The authors look forward to your comments and questions which may be posted at the forums http://AncientSky.com. Please register as a member on the site to post to the forum. email: Antoine Garth: agarth@ancientsky.com Claire-France Perez: cf@ancientsky.com 22 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 23. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Use this form for your own chart, and complete the rules for finding each lot. 1 2 M 3) Consider the quot;situationquot; of the Lights: Locate the lots of Fortune and Spirit. Find the quot;Acquisitionquot; of the fortune by If the Sun is above the horizon, it is a counting 11 signs from its location. (or, diurnal chart, if below it is a nocturnal Fortune is found by determining the arc count backward from the fortune by two chart. of difference between the Sun and Moon, signs) Horoskopos = Ascendant and adding or subtracting that number of Marking the Hour = on the Ascendant degrees from the ascendant, using their or Fortune degrees of arc in the order of the signs. Culmination = 10 places or signs from a lot or place For day, add the degrees. For night, subtract. Pillar Glyph LOTS & PLACES page SIGN RULER 1 Lot of Fortune 13 M 2 Lot of Spirit 15 ) 3 Place of 17 Acquisition , 4 Place of 18 Exaltation & 5 Place of 20 Basis Place of previous new or full moon 4, 5 & 6k To find exaltation: Discern whether the Find the quot;Basisquot; by determining the Find the previous new or full moon chart diurnal or nocturnal. number of degrees in the shortest arc between the lots of Fortune and of Take the shortest arc in both cases: Spirit, regardless of the direction of the signs. Add that number to the ascendant. If diurnal, count the numbers of houses separating the Sun from his sign of exaltation, Aries, in the same direction. If nocturnal, count the numbers of houses separating the Moon from her sign of exaltation, Taurus. 23 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez
  • 24. AncientSky.com: Answers powered by astrology The Five Hidden Pillars of Fate, ©2008 Antoine Garth, Claire-France Perez Author, Antoine Garth born January 1, 1966, Washington DC, USA 6:32am The (round chart) Placidus House Cusps are not divided equally like the East Indian cusps. When the chart is transposed to the (square) East Indian chart, the actual degrees are not terribly important. This renders the chart a much different look, but when used for the technique, works to tell a missing story. quot;Whole signquot; means the entire sign is contained within the house. All 30 degrees of the sign are in the corresponding house, no matter the cusp. 26 degrees may be my Sagittarius rising, but all of Sagittarius is contained in the first house. 24 edited, designed and produced by Claire-France-Perez