Electional astrology, which is also known as Katarchic astrology, is an adaptation of Genethliacal or Natal astrology that attempts to determine the ideal time to initiate an action, such as buying a house, starting a business, getting married, buying a car, beginning a journey/travel, or any other important moment in the native's life. By drawing up a selection of horoscopes (also called natal charts or astrological charts) usually on a computer the astrologer then determines the merits of various dates, times and/or places and suggests those that will be most favorable in an astrological sense. The horoscopes of the main protagonists will also be taken into consideration in most cases.
Depending on the type of action proposed, certain planets are considered stronger or more dignified in the astrological chart and others are "weaker" - for example, a strong or well aspected Venus will be considered good for romance or marriage, but not for military action such as an invasion, as Mars is supposed to suit much better for that purpose. Please see the section on the astrological signs for further discussion of this matter.
One of the problems faced in this type of astrology is the determination of the exact time an activity begins. For example, does a business begin with the decision to start it, the time at which certain documents are signed, or when it starts trading? It might be necessary to take the astrological charts for each of these events into consideration.
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- Moon under the Sun's beams
- Ruler of the Ascendant combust
- Ruler of the Ascendant in the twelfth house or in a cadent house
- Significator combust or under the Sun's beams