The Part of Fortune

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

Daytime chart

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…

Aries Libra 180°
Taurus 30° Scorpio 210°
Gemini 60° Sagittarius 240°
Cancer 90° Capricorn 270°
Leo 120° Aquarius 300°
Virgo 150° Pisces 330°

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°

Daytime chart

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

Nighttime chart

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)
  • Unaspected
  • Has a retrograde sign ruler

Interpreting the Part of Fortune

The sign

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.


Part of Fortune Extras

The Part of Fortune in the Houses

The New Moon and the Part of Fortune