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Astrology in Action

Arabic Parts

Pars Fortuna

What is the Part of Fortune?

It is a sensitive point in our chart and is carries just as much weight as our Sun, Moon and Ascendant. The Part of Fortune (referred to from hereon out as PoF) signifies our pot of gold and where to find it. The key to activating this critical point is in our ability to recognize that success and happiness does not automatically fall into our laps; we must cultivate our natural talents and traits.

The PoF is derived from the positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant. Its point is calculated differently depending on a person?s time of birth. Astrologers refer to these calculated points as Arabic Parts because they were developed during the Middle Ages in Arabia. The ancients referred to this critical point as a major hour marker or Keeper of the Hour.

In modern astrology there is a tendency to regard the Part of Fortune as a minor point in the chart, but this was not the case with ancient astrology. All Arabic parts express the relationships of both distance and direction between other sensitive points in the chart and each is derived from three points in a horoscope.

The PoF is considered to be a most beneficial point in the chart. The house it occupies represents the area in which our endeavors are most likely to be auspicious. The sign it occupies indicates how to best approach those endeavors. Our PoF is not necessarily tangible and can just represent a sense of achievement and contentment.

The Part of Fortune represents worldly success and prosperity, and is associated with the physical body and health as well. It can be indicative of the career or vocation. Placement of the PoF or its ruling planet (that is, the natural ruler of the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed) is an important factor into the interpretation of this Arabic part. If well aspected, the relationship between the native and the physical and social world in which he or she lives is one that supports the native and enables the native to live well. If the natal PoF or its ruler is afflicted, the native suffers in relationship with the world that supports the native. An afflicted PoF also portends poor health.

However, one must remember that within an astrological chart, not one single part or aspect can portend the life path. The chart must be delineated as a whole.