by Alison Price
The Sun rises in the east, cumulates overhead and sets in the west.
We are confident the Sun will do this each and every day and we know it is the rotation of the Earth on its axis, as it turns towards the east, that makes the Sun appear to rise.
Whichever planet rises ahead of the Sun is known as the oriental planet.
Find the oriental planet in your chart
The oriental planet may be close to the Sun or over half a chart’s distance before the oriental planet is found.
The oriental planet is also known as the eastern, vespertine or scout planet. Because of its placement with regard to the Sun it can often be seen before dawn.
It is almost like a harbinger for the Sun which has much to say about it’s meaning.
Mercury and Venus are more frequently in the oriental position because they travel with the Sun through the zodiac.
Both the inner planets can be oriental at their inferior and superior conjunction to the Sun.
The Sun can never be the oriental planet.
What to do without a birth time
Without a birth time you determine the oriental planet by calculating the chart for noon.
Check if the Sun is within half a degree to a planet, then check if the noon oriental planet is within half a degree to another planet as both of these situations may change the oriental planet over the course of the day in question.