Part of Fortune
THE SEED - THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND - PRIME INSTINCT
THE EARLY CHILDHOOD ENVIRONMENT
The Part of Fortune is traditionally known as the lunar ascendant.
It is calculated from the degree on the ascendant, minus the sun, plus the moon.
It represents the distance between the sun and the moon with reference to the ascendant (New moon).
It's position in the natal chart shows the termination point of reflected sunlight in the phase of the moon.
In classical mythology, Fortuna was the Italian goddess of destiny, the first born daughter of Jupiter whose worship was said to have been introduced to Rome by King Servius Tullius. At her famous shrine st Praeneste, oracles were obtained by a child drawing from a bag of wooden tokens, each inscribed with a cryptic message. She was also honoured as the bringer of fertility and increase.
Her name in Latin "ferre" means, "She who brings forth".
I have interviewed two thousand people to define the true meaning of the Part of Fortune and I have come to the conclusion that the Part of Fortune represents the seed of life.
It is prime energy: the unconscious mind, and it is the basic structure and source of instinct, impulse and desire. It represents the inner child and the beginning of life. It contains deeply embedded habit patterns that have been carried over from past lifetimes - the unconscious mind.
The seed contains instinctive needs, reactions, impulses and desires.
The childhood circumstances and nurturing will mould and shape perception of feeling, sensation and belonging.
The sign in which the Part of Fortune falls characterises the early stage of growth and development.
In your childhood and growing-up years, you will either express or repress your natural instinctive response to your environment according to your childhood circumstances and learned perceptions. However, repression leads to anxiety, fear and failure.
The seed is rooted in the earth, it draws inward and absorbs the nurturing of its environment in its primary years of growth and development.
The Part of Fortune is moon energy. This energy can be positive or negative according to the childhood experience.
After 2000 interviews, I have come to the conclusion that each and everyone of us is influenced by the Part of Fortune and the Part of Spirit.
Both parts shape the phases of the moon.
The ascendant represents the new moon, the beginning of the lunation cycle which is the cycle of the phases of the moon.
The Part of Fortune represents the distance between the sun and moon as measured from the ascendant: "new moon".
It symbolises the phase of the moon - the increase or decrease of light to the moon from the sun.
My research has shown that the Part of Fortune is moon energy which is prime energy, the seed of life and childhood conditioning and the Part of Spirit is sun energy which is the preconscious mind, social awareness and childhood social interaction.
I consider the Part of Fortune and the Part of Spirit have a strong influence over the natal chart by day and night, and they should be taken into consideration when reading the phases of the moon.
HOW TO CALCULATE THE PART OF FORTUNE.
FORMULA: ASCENDANT, MINUS THE SUN, PLUS THE MOON.
LONGITUDE EQUIVALENT TABLE FOR CALCULATION.
ARIES 00 DEGREES. LEO 120 DEGREES. SAGITTARIUS 240 DEGREES
TAURUS 30 DEGREES. VIRGO 150 DEGREES. CAPRICORN 270 DEGREES
GEMINI 60 DEGREES. LIBRA 180 DEGREES. AQUARIUS 300 DEGREES.
CANCER 90 DEGREES. SCORPIO 210 DEGREES. PISCES 330 DEGREES.
EXAMPLE: THE ASCENDANT IS 14 LEO 52, THE SUN IS 20 GEMINI 39 AND THE MOON IS 16 CANCER 27.
(STEP1) THE ASCENDANT AT 14 LEO 52 MINUTES EQUALS 134 DEGREES 52 MINUTES LONGITUDE.
(STEP 2) THE SUN AT 20 GEMINI 39 MINUTES EQUALS 50 DEGREES 39 MINUTES LONGITUDE.
(STEP 3) THE MOON AT 16 CANCER 27 MINUTES EQUALS 106 DEGREES 27 MINUTES LONGITUDE.
ASCENDANT 134 DEGREES 52 MINUTES
- SUN 80 DEGREES 39 MINUTES.
EQUALS 54 DEGREES 13 MINUTES.
+ MOON 106 DEGREES 27 MINUTES.
EQUALS 160 DEGREES 40 MINUTES.
THE PART OF FORTUNE IS 10 DEGREES VIRGO 40 MINUTES.
HOW THE PART OF FORTUNE FORMULA WORKS: ASCENDANT, MINUS THE SUN, PLUS THE MOON.
WHEN YOU TAKE THE DEGREE AND MINUTE ON THE ASCENDANT AND MINUS THE DEGREE AND MINUTE OF THE SUN , YOU SIMPLY TAKE THE SUN BACK TO 0 DEGREES ARIES WHICH REDUCES THE ASCENDANT BY THE SAME EQUIVALENT TO CORRELATE WITH YOUR DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF BIRTH AT THE BEGINNING OF THE LUNATION CYCLE (NEW MOON).
WHEN YOU PLUS THE DEGREE AND MINUTE OF THE MOON, YOU SIMPLY TAKE THE MOON FORWARD FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE LUNATION CYCLE (NEW MOON) TO THE PHASE OF THE MOON UNDER WHICH YOU WERE BORN.
THE PART OF FORTUNE REPRESENTS THE DEGREE OF DISTANCE BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE PHASE OF THE MOON WHICH IS MEASURED FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE LUNATION CYCLE, 0 DEGREES ARIES (NEW MOON)
THE PART OF FORTUNE REPRESENTS THE LUNAR PHASE.
WHEN THE PART OF FORTUNE FALLS BENEATH THE HORIZON, THE MOON IS WAXING.
WHEN THE PART OF FORTUNE FALLS ABOVE THE HORIZON, THE MOON IS WANING.
Part of Fortune - Star Signs
PART OF FORTUNE IN ARIES
Positive development: self-reliant, independent, confident, having the courage of your convictions and acting on your own ideas.
Negative development: fear of standing alone, fear of being independent and fear of conflict.
In your growing-up years you tended to give right of way to everyone because you wanted to make other people happy. As a consequence you repressed self-assertion and your ability to be independent in consideration of the feelings of others. You may have been passive. You could not express your leadership skills, so you had to learn through your childhood environment. Constant put-downs from others may have affected your sense of identity and self-esteem. You may have instinctively backed away from challenging confrontation or aggressive behaviour. Your independence may have been dominated through the dominating environment of your youth. You may have felt that confrontation triggered a negative response or loss of favour. You may have felt threatened by the battles of disagreement in your childhood, so you back-peddled and did as you were told. You may have suppressed your anger and surrendered to the will of others in your bid to temper discord, thus avoiding conflict or personal confrontation. You must rise above your passivity and become independent. You should put your faith in your leadership abilities, take action and become your own person. In your adult years you may have difficulty in dealing with people who try to tell you what to do. You are an independent person who needs to initiate and act on your own ideas.
PART OF FORTUNE IN TAURUS
Positive development: self-sufficient, self-supporting, secure, steadfast, persistent and loyal. You will gain inner strength through self-establishment.
Negative development: low self-worth, fear of failure, dependent on the validation of others and concerned about other people’s motivations.
In your growing-up years you may have suppressed self-need for the needs of others. You could have felt insecure within your environment. In areas of personal interest you may have been highly competitive because you didn’t want to feel second best. You tended to compare yourself with others and if you didn’t measure up it affected your self-worth. You could have placed high expectations on yourself, or pressurised yourself beyond your capabilities to achieve the validation you needed from others to feel secure and good about yourself. You fitted in with your family because you felt you had to. You tried hard to be as good as everyone else around you. You may have felt that everyone around you was achieving while you were caught in issues of insecurity and self-doubt. When comparing yourself with others you tended to acknowledge them ahead of yourself. Even though you may have done well you wanted to do better. You have an instinctive desire to give to others, but in the process you can deny your own needs. If you give to others beyond your means, you can lose your resources and your sense of self-worth. This can cause deep feelings of insecurity and psychological hurt. You should remember that if you merge too closely with others, you can give just a little bit too much and lose your identity as a separate person. In order to feel secure you should set boundaries and only give within your capabilities. You must learn to consider yourself and concentrate on developing your own skills and talents. In order to gain self-sufficiency you need to become productive and self-supporting.
PART OF FORTUNE IN GEMINI
Positive development: listening to the views of others and being conversant with the truth. If you listen to both sides of every situation you will grow in knowledge, truth and wisdom.
Negative development: fear of appearing stupid and/or being tied down. You can be self-opinionated, self-righteous, defensive and tactless.
In your growing-up years and through to adulthood, you may have found it difficult to articulate the way you felt because no one really listened to you. Therefore you could not discuss your true feelings. Either you felt you would have been misunderstood or not accepted for what you wanted to say, so you probably repressed any communications that touched on how you felt rather than say the wrong thing, and through this you may have sensed a lack of connection – you could have felt as if you were in an unfamiliar place. Perhaps you were caught in the middle of communication difficulties in which you could have developed a fear of speaking up, this could have affected your participation within the family. However, you usually had something to fall back on away from the situation where you could live in the moment and have fun, then back to the same old situation with no meaningful communication. Your childhood could have been very frustrating. Your parents, family or sibling(s) may have had their disagreements which could have affected you. No one listened to your opinions. You probably felt the best option was to say nothing. You may have asked the question, “Why couldn’t you all communicate with ease?” but you had to learn to say the “hard stuff”. You grew up feeling there were two sides to your personality, one for your friends and one for your family. You felt free away from the blocking environment, so you went to places where you could gain the freedom to be yourself and have fun. You enjoy living in the fun of the moment with the freedom to come and go as you please.You are curious and you learn and teach through the art of communication which expands the intellect. You will give your opinions honestly and freely in order to inform and help others in their daily lives.
PART OF FORTUNE IN CANCER
Positive development: supporting and nurturing others and accepting your own insecurities. If you build a secure family foundation you will gain security and emotional support.
Negative development: fear of being independent, does what is expected, needs to feel a sense of belonging and needs family approval and recognition.
In your growing-up years you may have had difficulty in developing an emotional connection with one of your parents. You may have felt deprived, the odd one out. You did not feel special at all. You wanted to be like everyone else, but you could not, owing to the family environment. You may have felt neglected. Perhaps a family member was not on your wavelength, somewhat unemotional and unable to show love or emotional support. You wanted family approval mainly because you did not get it. Conditions inside the family were not as they appeared to be on the outside. You felt your family was different. There were family issues that affected you as a person. Certain family members may not have been close, and you may have felt deprived of the nurturing care and protection that a home should bring. You instinctively looked to your family for emotional support, but emotional support may not have been strong. Extended family may not have always played an active role in your upbringing. You may have had to grow up quickly owing to family difficulties. You may have asked the question, “Why can’t we all be normal?” Everyone was caught up in their own issues. As an adult, you may receive little emotional support. This can become a real issue until you find the essence of nurturing love within yourself. You will develop kindness, gentleness and compassion for those in need. You know how important it is to be nurtured and loved.
PART OF FORTUNE IN LEO
Positive development: gaining self-confidence and self-love. Taking centre stage and following your hearts desire. It is in the enjoyment of giving that you will attract love.
Negative development: yielding to peer-pressure in order to belong, worrying about what others think, losing sight of your achievements in the achievements of others and idealising their accomplishments.
In your growing-up years you were taught to appreciate correct conduct and presentation. You instinctively desire centre stage but you may have felt distinctions were attached to areas of fun, play and social identity in your childhood. Distinctions may have been imposed on you, or you may have imposed distinctions on others. Perhaps siblings, or other children considered you had either more or less than them, whichever way favour went. You may have had to accept the revolving circumstances around play, social identities and interaction, with few, but close friends. One of your parents was warm, loving and easy going while the other parent wanted the best for you. But you may have sensed an inconsistency. Perhaps you felt your achievements or the achievements of others were not acknowledged. There may have been times when you wanted to express your creativity and it was not acknowledged. Yet what you didn’t want to express creatively may have been expected of you. You may have felt your inner light was not always recognised. Where you did things that met with approval, you were valued and encouraged, but anything that did not meet with approval you were denied. You may have felt that no matter what you did creatively you were a disappointment. You did not know how to express your natural talent even with practice. Where did it lead! Perhaps you did not feel the satisfaction of acknowledgement. You are highly focused and passionate about your interests, therefore you must flow with your creative talents. Be proud of your creativity, acknowledge your accomplishments and let your light shine.
PART OF FORTUNE IN VIRGO
Positive development: analytical, reliable and efficient. It is through sensitivity, empathy and spiritual understanding that you will become aware of the work you can do in order to give practical assistance to those in need.
Negative development: inferior in abilities, lack of self-confidence, overly analytical, too self-sacrificing in living up to the expectations of others.
In your growing-up years you could have been affected in two ways. Either you tried to be very good and dutiful to meet family expectations, or you experienced high stress levels within the family connected to health and work that carried certain obligations and duties. It seemed that any faults were criticised, so you tried to live up to the expected standard. One of your parents may have been particular about tidiness, health and hygiene possibly through necessity, and you were expected to carry out routine duties and chores as a matter of course. You could have been a highly strung child and if you didn’t complete chores on time or as expected, you could have placed yourself under pressure to meet expectations. You tended to worry about ridiculous things which you repressed because you could not tell anyone. You could not say how you felt. You may have felt it was your duty to do as you were told because you had a fear of failing both yourself and those you loved. You placed high standards on yourself and you always offered to help. If you felt a failure you retreated to your room and suppressed your feelings. You may have felt that you could not ask for help, instead you had to help those around you. Perfect presentation was important and you were probably made to dress correctly for the occasion/outing. In your first job you could have lacked confidence and you may have felt unsure of yourself. You must develop discrimination and logical analysis to clear away the past. In order for things to function efficiently, you should organise your life and deal with current issues systematically.
PART OF FORTUNE IN LIBRA
Positive development: cooperation, fair play, and being aware of the needs of others. When you flow in friendship or partnership, you bring harmony and balance to all relationships.
Negative development: competitive, self-assertive; resistant to compromise and too concerned with your own fulfilment.
In your growing-up years you fought anyone who came between you and your loved ones. You instinctively empathised or stood up for anyone weakened, because you felt uncomfortable in someone else’s discomfort. You gave your support to everyone you loved. You were perceived as being strong and when you needed help, others did not see it because you appeared strong and you defended those close to you. You worked hard as a child, but you may have been taken for granted and not praised for your hard work. It seemed that your family, siblings or friends did not like you to get ahead of them, and you may have felt pushed out and put down (perhaps even as an adult). You instinctively give people the right of way where you should not, and they take it. You can be overly kind. In your childhood, you didn’t push yourself, you were polite and courteous and you were considered a helper. You always thought of other people and supported them in their need. When you succeeded you may have felt you did not receive the credit you deserved. You had a tendency to give your right of way to friends and family. When you were with those you loved you were a totally different person from the person who was expected to be seen and not heard. You will probably attract dominant friends and partners who, if they don’t get their own way, may create conflict and discord. You will always try to go along with other people. You understand that we are all part of a greater whole and we all belong. You have the ability to maintain balance in duality and feel at one with everyone.
PART OF FORTUNE IN SCORPIO
Positive development: letting go of self-concern and stagnant strangleholds, and becoming aware of other people’s values.
Your energy flows outwards in the merging of shared values.
Negative development: fear of others motives, of the unknown and of failure. Inward looking and blind to other people’s values.
You were organised to fit into the family structure. You instinctively sensed the underlying forces at play between you and family members. It appeared that favouritism, whichever way favouritism went brought strong rivalry resulting in inner pain. You possibly had love/hate relationships with some family members or extended family members in one way or another which may have continued beyond childhood. Your environment was strongly disciplined and forceful. You may not have been encouraged to be your own confident person. You may have felt somewhat abandoned and unable to communicate your inner feelings and fears. You tended to compare yourself with others and you strongly feared failure. You may have felt other children succeeded where you failed even though you may have done well. You were selective about your friends with perhaps one special friend. You need to be independent and not let the deeper effects of power games affect you. When power games occur you have the choice. Either you become involved or step away. It is a matter of knowing what to do. You have a keen perception and with your penetrating insight you can work out the angles that people are coming from. You may not say at the time, but you will certainly go away and analyse their cunning game play. You are passionate in your ideas and beliefs and you have a strong desire to lead in the family structure, but you seem to represent the person who initiates ideas while others take the lead with you supporting them.
PART OF FORTUNE IN SAGITTARIUS
Positive development: trust your intuitionand walk in your own truth. If you follow your intuition, you will understand the true essence of words.
Negative development: mentally over stimulated, missing the point, second-guessing and wanting immediate answers. This leads to misinterpretation of the facts and poor judgement.
In your growing-up years you may have been placed in an environment where you forced yourself to speak up. You may have overcompensated for “not feeling good enough” in education, or you may have lost interest in some areas of education through a lack of stimulation. Teachers seemed to be unfeeling and hurtful, so you tried harder to speak up for yourself. You may have felt you were punished for being truthful. You may have had talent but you could have had a learning difficulty, or high family/sibling standards to meet. You instinctively sensed the judgements surrounding you. Your fears were based on the fact that people were unjust and judgements were hurtful. You learned that the world was not perfect, you did not feel bad within yourself, but you were made aware of the importance of education. As you grew up you faced a matter of choice. If you gained an education you could place yourself in a stronger position. Therefore education became an important issue. One way or another you will always study anything that deeply interests you and you will inform or educate others if they want to listen to you. However, you do not force your opinions on others if they are not interested. You can be highly opinionated which can cause disagreement. This can be futile because your perspective on life is ever changing according to the growth and development of your philosophy. You will develop your mind and expand on philosophical or spiritual knowledge in order to gain a deeper understanding of life.
PART OF FORTUNE IN CAPRICORN
Positive development: self-respect, letting go of dependency and accepting responsibility. If you define your goals and let go of past dependency you will achieve emotional security.
Negative development: overly dependent, inability to take charge, lack of confidence, fear of rejection, self-defeating, can control others through emotional reactions.
In your-growing up years you were not shy in the security of your own home. You related better to adults, but outside the family environment you were shy. You may have found it difficult to make friends easily because you felt you were not good enough. You tended to stand back. You wanted to join in but you lacked confidence and you instinctively feared failure and rejection. You may not have had the freedom to be your own person in your growing-up years owing to your family position or circumstance. In your primary years you may have felt bullied or intimidated by those who were more dominant. In general you had issues with confidence and self-esteem and you sensed your sibling(s) or friends were recognised ahead of you. Perhaps you felt that they had more going for them and you were being led along by other people’s points of view. If you did not come up to family expectations your confidence was affected. Academically you may have felt a disappointment and this could have held you back, and/or you could have felt discouraged by circumstance. But these were not the only issues. There were other deeply engrained issues that could have affected your confidence and self-esteem. You strongly feared failure. As an adult it is not a matter of how much you earn, but rather to be able to do your own thing. Position is an important principle in your life. It gives you a sense of purpose and routine, but you may feel the need to go in a different direction from family expectations. You are the master of your own destiny and you will achieve success through taking responsibility and developing self-confidence. Then you can pursue the direction that is correct for you.
PART OF FORTUNE IN AQUARIUS
Positive development: independent and humane. You can bring equality to friendship and recognise that others are special.
Freedom in friendship is the ultimate trust in love.
Negative development: independent, detached, aloof, resists social pressure, fear of loss of freedom yet with a need to feel socially accepted.
In your growing-up years you may not have received a consistent flow of steady love from parent(s) or friends. You may have felt your sibling(s) were living a different life style to you, and you may have sensed an inequality within your environment. When you were confined, you tended to fight loss of freedom by doing your own thing or asserting your independence. At times you tended to hide away from friends or family members because you did not always interact comfortably in forced social situations. You felt you didn’t fit in so you tended to go away on your own and do your own thing. You may have appeared a bit different, friendly, aloof and not too involved. But the bottom line was that you needed your own space. You do not feel comfortable when conforming to expected patterns of behaviour. You do not like strict rules or regulations. Instead you prefer freedom without restriction. When other people affect your equilibrium and commit you to situations that deny you freedom of choice, you instinctively want to sidestep the situation. You can feel as if you are moving from one situation to another without feeling completely good or right in any situation. When committed to other people’s arrangements you find it difficult to control your more extreme emotions. You need to choose your own friends and make your own social arrangements. You may feel different, but you feel comfortable within your own difference. You live according to your truth and you involve yourself in your own interests. You accept everyone for being who they are and you choose your friends without prejudice.
PART OF FORTUNE IN PISCES
Positive development: connected to the universe and trusting of the process. If you transform the negative into the positive you will be able to provide a service for others through empathy, compassion and understanding.
Negative development: excessive worry, overly analytical, compulsive need for order, victim of your own negative imagination.
In your growing-up years you felt you were loved but you received little compassion. You grew into compassion and you helped and gave to others. You tried to be tough, to desensitise from your own hurts. You tried not to show your emotions or be influenced by them; instead you played scenarios in your mind of what might happen. You are a private person and you tend to bottle things up because your problems are private and you prefer to work them out on your own. However, if they do become too much, you will seek help from people you know you can trust. You are always dreaming and wishing your ideals could come true (but they might never happen). This feeling plays in the back of your mind. Negative and positive thoughts surface every so often, but you don’t want to admit this to others because they will then know your thoughts, and your negative thoughts might reflect on you. When you are in your positive thoughts you don’t want to lose the emotion of your wishful thinking, “Relationships”, “Physical things”, “How you look”, “Wishing it could be”. You are sensitive to the feelings of others and you instinctively fear hurting people. You look at relationships, “What happens if they don’t work out?” You always have this feeling in the back of your mind. You instinctively show empathy and compassion to others, but if you don’t learn to say, “No”, then other people will deplete your energy. You must think of yourself and your feelings. Take time out, relax and meditate on positive outcomes.