Arabic parts (sometimes called Arabic Lots) are mathematical points based on the Ascendant (Natal). They are activated by transits in either natal or progressed charts.
Arabic Parts can be traced back to ancient Babylonian, Egyptian, and Hermetic astrology. They had become a standard astrology practice by the 1st Century as a part of Hellenistic astrology (Dorotheus of Sidon). Before classical Astrology (Greco/Roman) they were called “Lots.”
After the fall of Rome, Astrology practice and research fell to the Arabians and Persians who translated Greek astrology sources and continued to develop the “Lots.” The Persian astrologer, Abu Ma’Shar (787-886) describes at least 55 Lots.
Around the 10th century Arabic astrology manuscripts began being translated into Latin for European astrologers. Guido Bonatti, a 13th century astrologer, assumed that the Lots had originated in Arabia, so the name was changed to “Arabic (or Arabian) Parts.”
Arabic parts are an interplay between planets/angles, and cusps, and are similar to midpoints.
Parts don’t act on their own volition like a planet would but must be combined with aspects to other planets or cusps and activated through transits (natal or progressed).
The Decanate of a Part is also important in showing subtle influences. Parts don’t actively aspect anything and can only receive aspects from planets, angles, transits, progressions, solar arcs, and fixed stars.
Conjunctions and oppositions are the strongest, although a conjunction or parallel to a fixed star is also strong. Trines, Squares, and quincunx (inconjunct) are also important if they align with the meaning of the Part.
If the ruler of the sign of the Part aspects it, it shows a strong influence.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
- A CONJUNCTION to an angle or planet.
- The ruler of the part aspecting the part.
- A Cluster of Parts strengthens the house influence.
- A planet that is a also used in calculating the Part adds power to it.
- The Element the Part is in will give valuable information
Part of Fortune (POF)
Fire brings a love for, and gain from, activity and leadership and things related to Fire energy, i.e. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius matters.
Earth shows a love of money and things related to Earth energy, i.e. Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn matters.
Air enhances intellect and learning and things related to Air energy, i.e. Gemini, Libra, Aquarius matters.
Water emphasizes emotional issues and things related to water energy, i.e. Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
Also look to the house where the Part of Fortune lives to describe the life area of the gain or interest.
All aspects to the Part of Fortune bring positive influence according to the nature of the aspect:
Conjunct: Strong desires to achieve and succeed. Sometimes things just happen without the person knowing how or why. Sometimes there is no appreciation for their talents and skills or for what they have because having and achievement are a part of their nature.
Squares: Challenge and competition are welcomed and encouraged in order to get what they want.
Trines: There will be an easiness in achieving their goals.
Inconjunct (quincunx) Flexibility is a part of their gain and achievement.
Opposition: Compromise is necessary for success in what they want.
Apply the above example to the nature of any of the parts you calculate.
All Parts start with the number of the sign (Aries = 0, Taurus = 1, Gemini = 2, etc.) then add the planet or cusp called for, then subtract the planet called for.
Example Calculation: Part of Fortune for Barack Obama: August 5, 1961, 7:24 PM – Honolulu, HI
Tropical Chart, Topocentric Cusp system.
Ascendant: 10 19 11 (19 Aquarius 11) + Sun: 4 13 30 (13 Leo 30) – Moon: 02 15 54 (15 Gemini 54) = 12 16 46: Aries 16 47 – Fire, 2nd Decanate, Intercepted, 2nd House
For an online calculator: http://libracentre.com/arabic_parts_chart.php
NOTE: If you use a different cusp system the POF might come out 16 Aries 48. Not enough difference to matter.
Formula: Asc + (planet/ruler/cusp) – (planet)
Assassination Ruler of the 12th – Neptune
Brethren/Kin Jupiter – Saturn
Cancer Neptune – Jupiter
Catastrophe Uranus – Sun
Commerce/Business Mars – Sun
Contentment/Peace Venus – – Sun
Daughters Venus – Moon
Death/Disaster 8th Cusp –Moon
Discord/Inharmony Jupiter – Mars
Faith/Belief/Trust Mercury – Moon
Father/Advancement Sun – Saturn
Fortune/Substance Moon – Sun (day charts) ASC + Sun – Moon (night charts)
Increase/Benefit Jupiter – Sun
Inheritance/Legacy Moon – Saturn
Intelligence/Skill Mars – Mercury
Love/Entertainment Venus – Sun
Marriage/Partners 7th – Venus
Mother/Family Jupiter – Venus
Peril/Danger Jupiter – Saturn
Play/Sports Venus – Mars
Servants/Service Moon – Mercury
Sickness/Upset Mars – Saturn
Sons Jupiter – Moon
Spirit/Soul Sun – Moon
Suicide 8th – Neptune
Surgery/Cutting Saturn – Mars
Tragedy/Fatality Saturn – Sun
Treachery/Fraud Neptune – Sun
Waste/Extravagance Jupiter – Mars
Set up a blank chart and fill in all the Arabic Parts that you want to. Then look at how your natal planets or progress planets aspect them.