The Seven Main Arabian Parts

The seven main Arabian Parts address/depict the major themes in human life on the soul or essence level. When they are activated those themes are present as the underlying theme to the native’s experience on the personality level.

They are a must in psychological and spiritual natal delineation and prediction. But they work equally well in horary. Of course, if the question is about a lost cat, or getting a job, they do not have much, if anything, to say. They become rather eloquent when looking “under the hood” of the human psyche. They, along with the fixed stars, outline in remarkable detail the essential qualities of an experience, rather than the superficial or visible qualities which the planets depict. Essence and Personality, Lesson and Experience, Why and How: two deeply interconnected but distinct levels of “being human”.

This is intended as a brief overview of the gist of their meanings and how they are calculated. I will elaborate and exemplify in future articles. I follow Al Biruni’s calculations; they work spot on. But I added Paul of Alexandria’s too in case you wish to compare in your own charts.

Also, I do not reverse Fortuna by night. The Moon’s phase does not change direction after the Sun sets. So, why should Fortuna or any of its derived Arabian Parts reverse? Some argue that the Moon is the main luminary by night. Yet the Sun still emits and the Moon reflects regardless of whether it is day or night. As far as I can tell the essence of the influence of those planets does not change. Food for thought…

Fortuna (Moon)
Asc + Moon – Sun
Hunger or deep desire for something or for some experience. Being empty or unfulfilled. Receiving something.

Part of Spirit (Sun)
Asc + Sun – Moon
Also called the Part of Abundance in the House.
Having or being full. Therefore pouring out. Expression. Giving something.

Love (Venus)
Asc + Spirit – Fortuna (Al Biruni)
Asc + Venus – Spirit (Paul of Alexandria)
Union with the beloved. In its highest form it is the higher counterpart of Venus. True love if you will.

Despair (Mercury)
Asc + Fortuna – Spirit (Al Biruni)
Asc + Fortuna – Mercury (Paul of Alexandria)
Also called the Part of Necessity.
Difficult or painful decisions. The negociations required in daily life. The need and inevitability of compromise. Choice between two good things and having to let go of one because we cannot have both. Letting go. Therefore, separation from the beloved. (the opposite of the part of Love)

Captivity (Saturn)
Asc + Fortuna – Saturn
Also called the Part of Escape From Captivity, or Part of Those Who Rise in Station.
Things that imprison us or cause us to feel imprisoned, limited. It also spells the way out of imprisonment since the awareness and knowledge of the mechanism of imprisonment gives us the key to be free from it.

Victory (Jupiter)
Asc + Jupiter – Spirit
Grace from above. Receipt of gifts from outside regardless of deserving or not.

Courage (Mars)
Asc + Fortuna – Mars
Right action. Doing the right thing regardless of the dictates of the ego or personality traits. Acting from conscience.

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