The Sun And The Moon

The Sun and the Moon rule only one house each. Two systems have come into being to deal with this. The first treats them as one planet. They rule the same houses as Saturn, relative to opposite Ascendants. Hence by the laws of house rulership, they are auspicious planets for Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces ascendants--malefics for the rest. By the second system they are treated as separate planets; the Sun as a malefic and the Moon as a benefic. In this the Sun is auspicious ruling quadrants and trines; the Moon is auspicious ruling trines. The problem with this system is that the Moon as a benefic becomes malefic as lord of quadrants. In fact the generally benefic Moon, the friend of all the planets, becomes more often malefic than benefic as house lord. For this reason we may not want to count the

Moon a negative house lord for ruling quadrants. We do see, however, a number of instances of it giving bad results as the lord of the sixth, eighth or twelfth houses. This is particularly when it is under malefic influence or is the dispositor of malefic planets.

However, the Moon regarded as an ascendant in itself is thereby generally auspicious for all charts. When houses are counted from the Moon, the lord of the Moon-sign becomes auspicious from that perspective, just as the lord of the Ascendant in the usual order. When houses are counted from the Sun (a secondary procedure), the lord of the Sun-sign gains a similar auspicious status.

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