Electional astrology is the art of choosing the right astrological moment to being any important endeavor.
One of the things that I don´t like is the present state of our knowledge and practice of electional astrology, that we can basically summarize in one single sentence: “do the exact reverse of an horary chart”.
As we explained in previous articles, this concept is wrong in a very important way: when you ask an horary chart, you are asking about the present and future state of affairs of a question. For instance, if you ask “Will, I marry X”, the horary will show if X loves you and if you are coming together or apart.
Now, let´s see the electional situation. You have already set the date of your marriage with X. At 7pm, X loves you and have good character and temperament. But if you start the wedding at 8 pm he is a really bad person and hates you.
It is important to notice that there is something called reality. He already is a good or bad person. And he already decided that he loves you or not (as you two are getting married, let´s assume he loves you).
See, electional astrology should be learned not with horary, but with gardening. I try to teach my students to first plant beans looking at the phases of the moon. Just that. It is amazing how ones perception can change by simply looking at the astrological effects of the moon on the little seeds.
So, I was looking for the help of Muhurta, electional astrology in Indian Astrology, for a little help. Not that we should copy it, or base ourselves in it. I think that different systems should have different techniques. But when we lost connection with our astrological foundaments, I think it is important to see how they do it, because our astrologies share common origins.
So, let´s see the 5 main points in the use of Muhurta, from the book “Vedic Astrology in money matters” by Vasudev.
1. Tithi (lunar day)
There are 30 tithis in a lunar month, 15 from New to full, and other 15 from Full to New.
In the waxing phase, the first five tithis are inauspicious, the medium five are, well, medium, and the final five are auspicious. In the waning phase is the opposite: first five are good, final five are bad.
The tithis are also sub-divided in five groups (both in the waxing as in the waning phase – each with 15 tithis):
I)Nanda: 1st, 6th and 11th tithis – exultation and hapiness, coronation, merry making, happy occasions.
II) Bhadra: 2nd, 7th, 12th – pious deeds, gentle life, donation, social works.
III) Jaya: 3rd, 8th, 13th – success, victory, winning, litigation, competition.
IV) Rikta: 4th, 9th, 14th – malefic tithi – no important work should be made.
V) Poorna: 5th, 10th, 15th – good for acomplishments (except the waning 15th day tithi – the 30th)
2. Vaara (Weekday)
Same as in western astrology – Sunday is the day of the sun, Monday the day of the moon, etc. The weekdays are also divided by the same planetary hours.
The Nakshatras is the equivalent of the “lunar mansions” of the western astrology. The 27 nakshatras are equal divisions of the ecliptic.
The Nakshatras are classified in several ways – they can be:
dynamic – suitable for traveling, fine art, trading, opening of a shop, construction, education, medical treatment
violent – surgical operations, inventions, trading of weapons, success over enemies, imprisoning, deceit, etc.
mixed – fiery kind of works and mixed results
fixed – foundations, building of houses, sowing, coronations, entering a house…
gentle – travel, singing, music learning, wearing garments, making friends, copulation…
moveable – conveyance, starting machines, journeys, things that need motion.
pungent – illegal deeds, cheating, agression, training of animals, black magic, incantation, alliance with seat of power, separation of friends…
The strenght of the Nakshatra in the natal chart of client must be judged before using it for the election.
4 – Yogas
The longitude degrees os the luminaries (sun and moon) are added up and then divided by 13 degrees and 20 minutes. Some of these yogas are very malefic and must be avoided.
5. Karana (half lunar day)
It is half of the tithi. It has its own properties benefic or malefic and qualitities (some are good for trading, others for mining, etc)
and at last, the Ascendant
And last, but not least, we have the choice of what the ascendant should be. The ascendant is a very important part: a good asc can revert a otherwise malefic element that the astrologer couldn´t avoid.
But you can see that the rules of muhurta are a very long way from our usual thought process of “let´s do the opposite of horary”.
I believe that when we treat elections like horary, we are like the carpenter who only had a hammer.