In episode 433 astrologers Chris Brennan and Kira Ryberg give an introduction to the the mathematical points in astrology known as lots or Arabic parts, focusing on the two most important lots called the Lot of Fortune and the Lot of Spirit.
During the course of the episode we explore the history, philosophy, and calculations behind lots, and also analyze some example charts to help bring the concept to life.
Here are some key points we discuss in the episode:
- Introduction to Lots/Arabic Parts: We start by defining lots as mathematical points that mark zodiacal signs with specific topics, similar to how houses in astrology work.
- Historical Origins: The lots originated as an alternative method to assign significations to the houses, with the Lot of Fortune being the oldest and most widespread.
- Calculating Lots: We emphasize the importance of understanding the geometric nature of lot calculations, which involve measuring distances between celestial bodies and the Ascendant.
- Philosophical Underpinnings: The concept of lots is deeply rooted in ancient practices of cleromancy, and we discuss the philosophical dialogue of Plato’s “Myth of Ur” to better understand the underlying concepts of fate, chance, and the role of a guardian spirit or daimon.
- Lot of Fortune vs. Lot of Spirit: We distinguish between the Lot of Fortune, which is associated with the body and material circumstances, and the Lot of Spirit, which is linked to the soul, intellect, and actions.
- Personal Significance: Lots are highly personal points that offer a unique lens on an individual’s chart, revealing aspects of personality and decision-making processes that might not be evident through other astrological factors.
Throughout the episode, we stress the significance of lots in providing a nuanced and enriched understanding of an astrological chart. By combining historical context, philosophical insights, and practical examples, we aim to equip listeners with the knowledge to appreciate and utilize lots in their astrological practice.
This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.
Chris’ Hellenistic Astrology Course
- 00:00:00 Introduction
- 00:01:24 Quick overview of Lots
- 00:09:00 How to calculate Lots
- 00:25:15 History & philosophy of lots
- 01:03:55 Lot of Fortune & Spirit meanings
- 02:09:34 Example charts with lots
- 03:53:12 Final thoughts
- 03:59:54 Credits
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