by Alison Price
The Part of Fortune
A wealth indicator in your chart.
The part of fortune is one of the Arabic parts in astrology. There are many other Arabic parts or Greek lots.
- Indicates good luck, grace and favour
- Suggests ease of wealth
- The house and sign indicates the quality of the fortune
- Consider the planetary ruler and its condition
Day and Night Charts
A daytime chart is one where the Sun is placed above the horizon (in the south).
In a daytime chart the Part of Fortune is found where the Moon would be if the Sun were on the ascendant.
Night time chart
A night-time chart is one where the Sun is placed below the horizon (in the north).
In a nighttime chart, the Part of Fortune is found where the Sun would be if the Moon were on the ascendant.
Part of Fortune – Calculation
There are two ways to calculate the Part of Fortune. Using the longitude degrees of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant
In a daytime chart
ASC – Sun + Moon = Part of fortune
In a nighttime chart
ASC + Sun – Moon = Part of Fortune
Each sign’s degrees starts at…
Part of Fortune calculation examples
Example: ASC 10 Gemini, Moon 20 Virgo and Sun 15 Aquarius
Ascendant’s position 10° + 60° = 70°
Moon’s position 20° + 150° = 170°
Sun’s position 15° + 300° = 315°
If: ASC + Moon – Sun = Part of Fortune
Then: 70° + 170° – 315° = POF
-75° = POF
-75° + 360° = POF
285° = POF
(Capricorn 270°) so 285° – 270° = POF
Capricorn 15° = Part of Fortune
Note: the example here (Gemini Ascendant, Virgo Moon, and Aquarius Sun) is strictly for a daytime chart (because the Sun will be above the horizon), but I am using the same zodiac positions as the above example to demonstrate the arithmetic.
If: ASC – Moon + Sun = Part of Fortune
Then: 70° – 170° + 315° = POF
215° = POF
(Scorpio 210°) so 215° – 210° = POF
Scorpio 05° = POF
The Part of Fortune and Money
The Part of Fortune has much to say about financial issues because in our society money is fortune.
That is not to say that your fortune cannot come in other guises like fortunate spouses, children or friends. That fortune is often better when it is not financially related is quite clear to many New Age travellers. We will consider the Part of Fortune as a financial indicator in your chart.
The condition of the Part of Fortune
The Part of Fortune is well placed for finances when it is:
- In a money house – 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th
- In Taurus or Libra – Venus’ signs
- Conjunction the Sun
- Conjunct Venus or Jupiter
- Trine Venus or Jupiter
- Sextile Venus of Jupiter
- In an angular house
- Trine the ruler of the second house or the other money houses
The Part of Fortune is poorly placed when it is:
- In a cadent house
- Square or opposite the malicious (Mars or Saturn)
- Has a retrograde sign ruler
Interpreting the Part of Fortune
The sign that the part of fortune is in shows the nature of the fortune.
The sign ruler
The planet that rules the sign – the dispositor of the part of fortune.
Aspects to the Part of Fortune
The conjunctions to the Part of Fortune
Any planet conjoined the part of fortune will influence the nature of the fortune.
This is the powerful influence for the person’s fortune. A conjunction to the part of fortune can sometimes over shadow the sign and the sign ruler because it is well placed.
The part of fortune is an interesting point e of the astrological puzzle.
A thorough understanding of the main parts of a chart are needed to understand the part of fortune.
The Part of Fortune is one of those things that if it is not well placed it does nothing and if well placed will do much for the person whose chart it is.
The oppositions the squares
Both a trine or a sextile from a planet to the Part of Fortune will modify the nature of the fortune to your benefit.
The trines and sextiles
Venus trine the part of fortune
Pluto trine the part of fortune
The closest aspect to the Part of Fortune.
The closest aspect to the part of fortune, the meaning of the aspect and the planet making the aspect is important to show the nature of the fortune.
Part of Fortune
Normally the Part of Fortune indicates through which realm of activities you will benefit and this is shown by its house position.
If the Part of Fortune is on an angle it becomes prominent and when conjoined the ascendant it has top billing in the chart.
The only other better place for the Part of Fortune to be is conjunct the Sun and Moon and on the ascendant.
Part of Fortune on the ascendant
The Part of Fortune on the ascendant colors your whole chart. Admittedly it is not a planet but a point in space. However when placed on the sensitive ascendant the emphasis for the Part of Fortune increases. It gains prominence.
In the first house, the Part of Fortune is well placed to benefit you throughout your life. You come across as simply fortunate and appear to have a good life even a desirable one.
You are likely to have personal looks that are deemed attractive in your era. You will be perceived as a classic beauty for women and considered handsome for men.
You are seen by others to be well off and to be from a good background. Others perceive you as fortunate and bestow grace and favors on you. It can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
All this is interpreted by the backdrop of the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed. The planet that rules the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed is known as the dispositor or the Lord of the Part of Fortune and is an important planet to consider for this analysis.
If the ascendant sign and the Part of Fortune sign are the same then that planet gains influence over the fortune being given over this lifetime.