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In astrology, the Lots or Arabian Parts (or Arabic parts) are based on a mathematical calculation of three points in the horoscope. The distance between two of the points is added to the position of the third (very often the Ascendant) to derive the location of the lot or Arabic part. Astrology refers to any of several systems, traditions or beliefs in which knowledge of the apparent positions of celestial bodies is held to be useful in understanding, interpreting, and organizing knowledge about human affairs and events on Earth. ... The Ascendant is noted as As and is in the nine oclock position in the chart The ascendant of a given geographic location at a given point in time is the point on the zodiac which coincides with — i. ...

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History of the Lots

The Lots are a very ancient astrological technique which can be traced back to pre-Hellenistic sources. Their origin is obscure; they could originally be Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian, Magian, Persian or Hermetic, but by the time of Dorotheus of Sidon in the first century A.D. (and probably earlier) they had become an established tenet of Hellenistic astrological practice. The term Hellenistic (established by the German historian Johann Gustav Droysen) in the history of the ancient world is used to refer to the shift from a culture dominated by ethnic Greeks, however scattered geographically, to a culture dominated by Greek-speakers of whatever ethnicity, and from the political dominance... Babylonia was an ancient state in Iraq), combining the territories of Sumer and Akkad. ... Ancient Egypt was an African civilization located along the upper Nile, reaching from the Nile Delta in the north to as far south as Jebel Barkal at the Fourth Cataract of the Nile at the time of its greatest extension (15th century BC). ... Magi (Μάγοι) were Zoroastrian astrologer-priests from ancient Persia. ... The Persians are an Iranian people who speak the Persian language and share a common culture and history. ... The word hermetic is commonly applied to literary or graphical symbolism that is exceedingly obscure, convoluted, or esoteric. ... Dorotheus of Sidon was a first-century Hellenistic astrologer, whose Carmen Astrologicum, a textbook of judicial (or horary) astrology, has come down to us mainly from an Arabic translation dating from around 800 AD (itself a translation of a third-century Persian translation from the original Greek, which has been... The term Hellenistic (established by the German historian Johann Gustav Droysen) in the history of the ancient world is used to refer to the shift from a culture dominated by ethnic Greeks, however scattered geographically, to a culture dominated by Greek-speakers of whatever ethnicity, and from the political dominance...


One of our best sources for the Lots is the Introduction to astrology by fourth-century astrologer Paulus Alexandrinus and the Commentary on this work by sixth-century philosopher Olympiodorus the Younger. Paulus used a dozen or so major lots for almost every aspect of his analysis. The most important of these were the Lot of Fortune (or Part of Fortune) and the complement to it, the Lot of Spirit (or Part of spirit.) Paulus Alexandrinus was an astrological author from the late Roman Empire. ... Olympiodorus the Younger (c. ...


After the fall of the Roman Empire, all of the classical legacy, including astrology, fell to the Abbasid Arabs and Persians. Islamic astrologers translated all the sources they could find from Greek and produced many of their own astrologers who wrote a considerable amount in Arabic on astrology. Although it is not clear whether the number of Lots began to proliferate in late Antiquity or whether it was purely the product of the fascination the Arabs had for them, Arabic manuscripts show an explosion in the number of lots that were used over the next several centuries. The inordinate increase is noted by the Arab commentators themselves. In The Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology, Persian astrologer Abu Ma'Shar (787-886) describes no less than 55 lots, although it's clear that these are only the ones he considers significant. And this number does not even include all of the lots of Paulus. For other senses of this name, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... Astrology refers to any of several systems, traditions or beliefs in which knowledge of the apparent positions of celestial bodies is held to be useful in understanding, interpreting, and organizing knowledge about human affairs and events on Earth. ... Abbasid provinces during the caliphate of Harun al-Rashid Abbasid (Arabic: العبّاسيّون Abbāsīyūn) was the dynastic name generally given to the caliphs of Baghdad, the second of the two great Sunni dynasties of the Islamic empire, that overthrew the Umayyad caliphs. ... The Persians of Iran (officially named Persia by West until 1935 while still referred to as Persia by some) are an Iranian people who speak Persian (locally named Fârsi by native speakers) and often refer to themselves as ethnic Iranians as well. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... Late Antiquity is a rough periodization (c. ... Jafar ibn Muhammad Abu Mashar al-Balkhi (787 - 886) was a Persian astronomer and mathematician from Balkh, in todays Afghanistan. ... Paulus Alexandrinus was an astrological author from the late Roman Empire. ...


Beginning in the tenth century, many Arab manuscripts were translated into Latin, becoming the means by which Classical astrology found its way back to Europe. Medieval astrologers--most notably the major 13th-century Italian, Guido Bonatti, a contemporary of Dante--assumed it was the Arabs who originated the concept of the lots, and hence they came eventually to be called the "Arabic parts." It has been suggested that History of the Latin language be merged into this article or section. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... Guido Bonatti from Forlì (XIII century) was an Italian astronomer and astrologer. ... Dante redirects here. ...


By the time of William Lilly, only the Lot of Fortune (or Part of Fortune) continued to be used by astrologers, although in a manner that would be considered strange by ancient practitioners. Lilly's methods with what he called "Fortuna" have continued in modern astrology, although rarely used and usually misunderstood. The Lot of Fortune mainly appears today in horary charts. William Lilly William Lilly (May 1 (O.S.)/May 11 (N.S.), 1602 - June 9, 1681), was a famed English astrologer and occultist during his time. ... Horary astrology is a very old branch of astrology by which an astrologer will try to answer a question by drawing up an astrological chart or horoscope for the exact time and place at which that question came to mind or when it was put to them. ...


Measuring the Lot of Fortune

Lilly's Part of Fortune is calculated as Ascendant + Moon - Sun. That is, the degrees of distance (going in the direction of the signs) between the Sun and the Moon is calculated and then that same distance is measured from the point of the Ascendant. The resulting location is called the Part of Fortune. The Ascendant is noted as As and is in the nine oclock position in the chart The ascendant of a given geographic location at a given point in time is the point on the zodiac which coincides with — i. ... Bulk composition of the moons mantle and crust estimated, weight percent Oxygen 42. ... The Sun is the star at the center of Earths solar system. ... The Sun is the star at the center of Earths solar system. ... Bulk composition of the moons mantle and crust estimated, weight percent Oxygen 42. ...


The same procedure was used by the Arabs and by Hellenistic astrologers to calculate the Lot of Fortune but there were two major differences:

  • the location of the Lot varied considerably in charts where the Sun was above the horizon (that is, a daytime chart, or one of diurnal sect) or below the horizon (a nighttime chart, or one of nocturnal sect.) The day charts follow Lilly's procedure; nighttime charts reverse the direction in which the measurement is taken between the Sun and Moon, so that the astrologer measures from the Moon to the Sun (again, going in the direction of the signs) to get this arc. As with day charts, the arc is then measured from the Ascendant to get the Lot. The two formuas are, therefore:
    • Day chart: Ascendant + Moon - Sun
    • Night chart: Ascendant - Moon + Sun
  • Interpretatively, the Lot of Fortune was used to represent the body, fortune, health--in short, everything over which a person has little control in life. It was also used in place of the Ascendant thereby changing the house-numbering, to find out more about these uncontrollable factors. Lilly and his contemporaries used the Lot of Fortune as a simple indicator of material well-being and, in horary charts, a marker of success.

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The Lot of Spirit

If the Lot of Fortune deals with material well-being, the body, fortune and health--all allotments given to a person by fate--the Lot of Spirit represents the initiative taken by that person themselves, or what use is made of what is given.


The Lot of Spirit is the reverse of the Lot of Fortune, giving the following formulas:

  • Day chart: Ascendant - Moon + Sun
  • Night chart: Ascendant + Moon - Sun

The Hermetic Lots

The Hermetic Lots are the lots that were used by Hellenistic astrologers such as Vettius Valens and Paulus Alexandrinus. These formulas can be found in Paulus (see reference below.) The word hermetic is commonly applied to literary or graphical symbolism that is exceedingly obscure, convoluted, or esoteric. ... The word hermetic is commonly applied to literary or graphical symbolism that is exceedingly obscure, convoluted, or esoteric. ... Vettius Valens (ca. ... Paulus Alexandrinus was an astrological author from the late Roman Empire. ...


REFERENCES

  • Paulus Alexandrinus. Introductory Matters. Translated by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum from the Greek in: Late Classical Astrology: Paulus Alexandrinus and Olympiodorus, with the Scholia from Later Commentators. ARHAT (Archive for the Retrieval of Historical Astrological Texts [1]) (Reston, VA, 2001.) Paulus is also available in a translation for Project Hindsight by Robert Schmidt (without the Commentary by Olympiodorus.) The Golden Hind Press (Berkeley Springs, WV, 1996[?].)
  • Robert Zoller. The Arabic Parts in Astrology. (Inner Traditions International, Rochester Vermont, 1980, 1989.) ISBN 0-89281-250-8
  • Abu Ma'shar. The Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology. [Edited and Translated by Charles Burnett] (ARHAT [Archive for the Retrieval of Historical Astrological Texts] Publications, 1994.) ISBN 0-9662266-3-1
  • Joseph Crane (author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology [ARHAT, 1997]) in lecture and private conversation.
  • William Lilly. Christian Astrology. (London, 1647) (in Ascella Publications edition, London, 1999) ISBN 1-898503-99-0
  • Dorotheus of Sidon. Carmen Astrologicum. [Translated by David Pingree] (Astrology Classics edition, Bel Air Maryland, 2005) ISBN 1-93330-314-X

 
 

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