Optional Rules: The Tool of Correspondences

Applying the Laws of Magick :

The Rule of Correspondences

A bit more esoteric than the more familiar concepts of sympathy and resonance, Correspondences lie at the very heart of the medieval traditions of magick, but many of them date back to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, as well. Most of the Correspondences revolve around the practice of astrology, and the concepts of “as above, so below” and “as within, so without” (the laws of magick) and the Doctrine of Signatures. In the application of the Correspondences, the phrase “Timing is everything” has never been more true.

The practice of astrology centers on the belief that the movements and positions of celestial bodies either directly influence life in the Mortal World or correspond to events experienced in daily human life, that the location of celestial bodies in the heavens can aid in divining both past and present events and also predicting the future.

Astrology has played an important role in the shaping of culture throughout history, from early astronomy, the Hindu Vedas and various spiritual disciplines and pursuits. Astrology and astronomy were often inextricably intertwined prior to the modern era.

The Correspondences also draw upon the medieval Doctrine of Signatures which, for the purposes of the game, states that during Creation some form of remedy for every ill has been provided, and that these things, be they animal, vegetable or mineral, carry a certain mark or “signature” upon them that provides a clue or an indication as to their uses.

For example, the seeds of the skullcap herb (used as a headache remedy) can appear to look like miniature skulls; and the white spotted leaves of Lungwort (used to treat “consumption” or tuberculosis) bear a similarity to the lungs of a diseased patient. A large number of such resemblances will exist in the context of the gameworld.

The planets and astrological influences tie directly into the use of plants and herbs in addition to the Doctrine, and also into the medieval medical theories of the four humours discussed in detail under the description of the Healer trades (Surgeon, Barber, Midwife, Leech). If the practitioner is concerned about a specific aspect or application in regards to the use of a magick or a possible target, he should check which signs are in which of the houses, and which house best describes his relationship to the target. Between the influence of the sign occupying that house, and the planet(s) in it, as well, he should have a very good idea which sorts of magicks are best used at that time to take advantage of all those factors. He can then choose a day of the week and an hour of the day to further strengthen the vibration or POT of the magick he intends to cast. All of this planning is best most easily brought to bear in manipulating castings of Low (ritual) magick.

The Starsigns

The astrological starsigns represent the annual cycle of the sun as it passes through each of the 12 signs of the zodiac, across the major significant constellations. The cycle traditionally starts with Aries, the Ram, passing to Taurus; the Bull, Gemini, the Twins; Cancer, the Crab; then Leo, the Lion; Virgo, the Virgin; Libra, the Scales; Scorpio, the Scorpion; Sagittarius, the centaur Archer; Capricorn, the Goat-Fish; Aquarius, the Water Bearer; and then Pisces, the Fish.

Aries

The Ram is the first sign of the natural cycle of the Zodiac, and is associated with the beginnings of cycles. The sign of Aries embodies the will to strive to be the first and best. Those of Aries are generally brave, courageous and direct. They are not known for their patience. They generally ignore obstacles. Exercise, hard work, and competition are what the energy of Aries feeds on. Aries natives make great efforts to turn ideas into actions, and are competitive and enthusiastic. Those born to Aries like to act alone and can often exhibit natural impulsiveness, selfishness and even aggressiveness. Those born under the sign of Aries will tend to be natural leaders, with great passion. They like to start activities or projects for other people to follow and finish because they can easily become bored, lose interest, and need to move on to new challenges.

Taurus

The Bull, is the second sign of the natural cycle of the Zodiac. The sign of Taurus embodies the qualities of stability and security. Those born under Taurus are generally stable, steady and practical. Taurians are not fond of change. Any major changes or risks will be taken only if forced, under duress, if absolutely necessary, and after much consideration. This sign is slow to change and those born to it would prefer a continuous, steady routine in life. Common sense is indeed common among them where it is rare elsewhere. Taurians have seemingly endless patience and will never quit once they have made up their mind and dug their heels in. They are not afraid of any hard work because it provides emotional and material security. Nothing is more important than security on both emotional and financial levels. They want money in the bank for later, and also have an appreciation of the finer things in life. They have a tendency to be very possessive and be extremely stubborn, and once they make up their mind, little can be done to change it. They need peace and quiet, prefer to stick to a regular routine, and do not like their tidy, regular routine to be disrupted, indeed will resist any efforts to do so. A regular routine to their lives provides a substantial part of their sense of security and stability. They are sensual by nature, but make emotional decisions like any other, only cautiously and after due consideration. Taurus can be very caring and compassionate, however.

Gemini

The Twins (Castor and Pollux), is the third sign of the natural cycle of the Zodiac. The sign of Gemini embodies the quality of one’s ability to communicate. It also represents the conscious mind and the thinking processes. Gemini is mutable air which in this context means changing mind. It is ruled by Mercury, the planet governing communications. Those born under Gemini like talking, writing and tend to illustrate their verbal messages with gestures.  Gemini is usually entertaining and versatile. People born under the sign of Gemini tend to need constant change and variety in their lives, and a need to communicate on all levels. They are eager to participate in group activities and engaging in all kinds of talks or conversations energizes them. They are happiest when they have a number of interests to pursue. This can sometimes lead to irresponsibility and a certain lack of integrity for failure to complete what they start. They have excellent memories, quick minds and can be very logical. They know a little bit about everything and flit like butterflies from one new source of information to the next. They act primarily on the mental plane, not so much or so well with their hearts. It may seem that their emotions get much use, due to the fact that they try to intellectualize them and would rather think than feel. It can be difficult for them to understand the feelings of others. Gemini enjoy a quick pace of life, and a changeable one, and shy away from predictable routines. They see variety as the spice of life and will not be satisfied without it. They are always on a quest for information, following their craving for intellectual stimulation. When having an interesting conversation, they can be so fully engaged it can even appear as if they are flirting. In truth, they can just as easily leave such an interesting conversation behind and not remember it due to having already moved on to other, newer goings-on. Those of the sign of Gemini have a taste for different and interesting things, and always want to go to new places to explore. They like to go to new restaurants to see who is there, rather than what the food is like. They do not like to handle financial matters and do not want to worry about the future. They prefer to enjoy themselves in the here and now. They believe that it is brains that count, more than money.

Cancer

The Crab, is the fourth sign of the natural cycle of the Zodiac. The sign of Cancer embodies the qualities of emotional sensitivity and intuition. People born under the sign of Cancer like to give emotional warmth and security and look for it in return. They have a strong attachment to their homes and families, and will do whatever it takes to protect their loved ones and domestic values. But, sometimes, they become needy, dependent, or unable to function unless they feel someone or something is dependent on them. When Cancer the crab latches on with his claws he will not let go, sometimes even unto death. Cancers are intelligent and can show great foresight, but their doubts and uncertainty make a hard shell around them which can hold them back. They are emotionally vulnerable, sensitive and easily hurt. They can be very moody and are prone to depression that often drives them to isolation. Cancers are usually shy and timid, and have a tendency to react more from intuition or emotion rather than from logical reasons or empirical evidence. They can sometimes appear to be very strong, and at other times they will be extremely vulnerable.  They can be directed through kindness but, if forced, they retreat into their impenetrable shell and become immovable.

 

Leo

The Lion, is the fifth sign of the natural cycle of the Zodiac. The sign of Leo embodies the qualities of optimism and self-expression, and the capacity for enjoyment. Leos have intense or powerful personalities. They are usually ambitious and enthusiastic people. They tend to attract attention even when they don’t necessarily want it. They are natural performers and  commonly have great talent and creativity for pursuing the arts, particularly in the performing arts. Center stage is where they feel they belong, in the limelight. They want their own light to shine, to be noticed, and to express themselves, but they can occasionally be overly confident and outspoken. Leos want and need to be loved and appreciated, to have their egos stroked, but only when it is sincere. Their specialties are having fun and entertaining, both of which they do quite well. They have the courageous heart of the lion when needed, and they are steadfastly loyal and lavishly generous and will defend their loved ones with surprising ferociousness. Leos are very tender of heart, romantic and loving loyal and dedicated when with a partner who provides for their emotional needs, but they can be very sensitive to any lack of appreciation and especially to personal criticism. When their ego is stepped on or their alpha-type dominance is threatened, their temper can go south in a hurry.

Virgo

The Virgin, is the sixth sign of the natural cycle of the zodiac. Those of the sign of Virgo are generally perfectionists with discriminating judgment, paying great attention to details. People born under the sign of Virgo tend to be very detail oriented, practical and seek efficient means of accomplishing their ends. They have the keenest eyes for detail. They may get so involved with the details of a task that they lose sight of the “big picture”. Virgoans need to exercise discrimination because their role in life is to analyze, critique, and suggest solutions to potential problems for continued maximum efficiency. They can be rather particular, even picky and critical at their worst, but are delighted to help people. Virgos understand human frailties better than most, however, because they are so deep and reflective in nature themselves, quiet and introspective. No matter how many times life or romance turns sour on them, they still manage to maintain faith in others, refusing to become cynical. When faced with obstacles, they will stay calm and devote their energy to finding a solution rather than panicking and losing their cool. Their calmness is sometimes seen as being detached, even cold, calculating and lacking in feeling. Virgos are generally open, pleasant and friendly, though. When dealing with others, and especially in regards to their own personal interests, however, they often are shy or inhibited. When a Virgo is confident within themselves they are the most successful, structured and creative of all the signs. Serving their fellow man and making themselves useful to others gives those born to Virgo a sense of fulfillment. They are especially good trouble-shooters because they are very good at analytical thinking, finding solutions, and fixing things. They are happiest when they are helping people or occupied setting things “right”. Creative and sensitive, Virgos have a delicate nature. Like orchids they are rare and special, and require individual cultivation to fully blossom into their true unique beauty. Rather shy by disposition, they are happy to allow others to take centre-stage and often generate their time and energy into making those they love happy or successful. There is ingenuity around those of this sign, and a kind-heartedness, which unfortunately is sometimes played upon by others for their advantage. Virgos can often become victims of relationship power- games, where they are mistreated.

Libra

The Scales, is the seventh sign of the natural cycle of the zodiac The sign of Libra embodies the qualities of harmony, peace and balance. People born under the sign of Libra usually have an even temperament and they will try to avoid extremes of all kinds. Their symbol is the scales, and with good reason. However, if they feel that they are being mistreated or imposed upon, they will resist. This may throw others off and lead them to view the Libran as cold, self-righteous or indignant. Librans have a strong sense of fair play and companionship makes them extremely sensitive to the manner in which they are treated. They do not like to be alone, and they actively cultivate modes of behavior that are pleasing to others, and are generally very successful. They specialize in manners, courtesy, amusing and diverting small talk. They are witty, charming, sociable, and capable. Requiring all parts of those they are with to give and take equally. They are excellent in restoring balance, creating harmony, and fostering cooperation. The Libran’s true role is to see both sides of a situation. They may sometimes even make sacrifices for the sake of peace, and give in to the demands of others. Those born to Libra will need to work in order to maintain their balance under the burdens of emotional and/or physical attachments, either of themselves or those around them. Every adolescent Libran’s fantasy is to find the Prince or Princess of their dreams. As their lives unfold, the experiences, false starts, dramas, broken hearts and disillusionment they encounter seeking this personal Holy Grail, often shapes their futures in the most extraordinary manner. After establishing a lifestyle that somehow falls short of their childhood dreams, most Librans manage to create a very independent life while keeping up an image of being dedicated to a “close relationship”. From that point they can escape into roleplaying, and this often makes them extremely successful in business. When it comes to romance and love, Librans can be difficult to fathom yet in business many Librans discover they can not only be creative, but it provides an opportunity to express the more diverse sides to their personalities. Their charm can win lucrative jobs and provide access to powerful friends. But in both work and play, looking for peace and harmony, Librans often say “yes” when they should be saying “no”. Love attained and love lost make a big difference to a Libran although the generally happy-go-lucky appearance they strive to maintain against all kinds of odds may not reveal this as fact. Librans have a capacity to switch off and shut down, cutting themselves off from the world around them. During these periods much activity takes place on the deep innermost levels of the Libran’s psyche, more than any observer might imagine. Sadly, many Librans’ personal or business lives would fair far better if only they remained alone. But for those Librans who do find their secret dream and meet up with their Prince or Princess, that’s another story! You’ll find them living in some exotic, distant and beautiful place, probably running the local bar or restaurant, designing the beach wear or ski gear, looking wonderful, chic and happy, sipping cocktails and finding life to be the total paradise they always knew it could be. When looking to fulfill their dreams, Librans need to remember never to undermine their own integrity and to hold out and persevere until their dreams do come true – not simply take whatever is offered, for that is their weakness.

Scorpio

The Scorpion, is the eighth sign of the natural cycle of the zodiac. It is reputed to be the “most powerful” sign of the zodiac. The sign of Scorpio embodies qualities of deep and intense emotion and desires, forced changes, and sometimes fatalistic attitudes. Scorpios lead fate filled lives. They enjoy experiencing life-or-death situations. Scorpios operate on three levels of soul evolvement, which results in three distinctively different types of Scorpios. The first level is the Scorpion. This is the least evolved and the most drawn toward using their powers the wrong way. The criminal element of Scorpio comes under this level. Then there is the eagle, the high-flying, entrepreneurial, successful Scorpio, who seems able to rise above adversity and transform bad-times into good. Then the highest expression of this sign is the Phoenix Resurrected. These Scorpios are detached and extremely powerful. They are wise beyond their years and act as leaders and are an inspiration to others. Quite frequently a Scorpio goes through the three levels of evolvement in one lifetime – but the levels can be experienced out of sequence. Scorpios usually have sharp perceptive abilities, a strong will and  highly emotional drive in whatever they undertake. Scorpio lends the abilities of a detective, they are good at spotting “clues”, and excellent at formulating strategies. They are always searching for intimacy and may be crisis-oriented. They are susceptible to jealousy, hatred, possessiveness, and even violence at times. They tend to swings in moods, and may be unkind or become obsessive. Scorpios must always be dealt with on an intuitive, psychic level. They often mask what is going on inside them. Too often they say “no” when they really mean “yes”. They are simply contrary by nature. They feel things deeply and forever, not ones to let go of their feelings. Their personal relationships are generally intense and dramatic. Passion, desire and power go hand in hand for Scorpios. Once they find true love they can be the most faithful and dedicated of all partners, but have a bad falling-out with a Scorpio and one will find they never forget nor forgive. Scorpios are often found to be precocious, wise beyond their years even as children. Many astrologers call this the sign inhabited by the “oldest souls”. Old in perspective and wise beyond the average, Scorpios often know all the answers. Nonetheless, some have difficulty finding what they need to develop their own happiness. Their biggest challenge and test in life is choosing between the power of love and the love of power. Their extraordinary emotional depths and sensitivity aren’t easy for those around them to deal with. They are radically different from the natives of all the other zodiac signs and this difference has them walking, working and loving to a completely different beat than those around them. Others can often live with a Scorpio partner for years without ever really knowing them. Many of the concerns and issues within a Scorpio remain forever secret. Their eyes often blaze with feelings that are never expressed, the words never pass their lips. Beware the days or nights they hide their feelings behind dark glasses, there is likely to be a storm of some kind brewing. On the positive side, Scorpios are hard workers and are willing to help those who show that they are willing to help themselves. Most Scorpios are winners. The main thing they have to worry about is their attitudes, which can either make or break them. When they are negative about something or someone, or critical of themselves, they can tend to get in their own way and be their own worst enemy.

Sagittarius

The centaur Archer, is the ninth sign of the natural cycle of the zodiac. The sign of Sagittarius embodies the qualities of abundance, optimism and lack of discrimination, or the intuitive feeling of playing a significant role. People born under the sign of Sagittarius are extroverts, very straight forward and outspoken. They openly oppose the mistreatment of others. They are quick of mind with uncanny insight and intuition. They have good sense of humor, but can tend to talk too much. They also carry the power of laughter, sometimes even embarrassing themselves just to make someone else laugh. Ruled by the beneficent planet Jupiter, Sagittarians possess a natural exuberance, sense of adventure and love of life that makes them one of the most optimistic zodiac signs of all. Those born to Sagittarius can be very restless people. They want to know everything that is going on around them and want to go everywhere and see everything. They rarely feel satisfied, and are always seeking something more exciting around the next bend in the road, over the next mountain. They are driven to explore, expand their horizons and move outward in order to experience everything life has to offer. Sagittarians are adventurous, easily bored by repetitive routines, freedom-oriented, generous and optimistic by nature. They enjoy outdoor activities and adore foreign places and foreign people. Sagittarians are happiest when on the move, such as exploring new cultures and ideas, thus, many are attracted to occupations related to travel, the media, outdoor work and philosophical pursuits. Trying to tie down these free-spirited individuals is an exercise in frustration for those around them. They become bored when they are surrounded by people or things they are not interested in. They have a tendency not to concern themselves with or to simply be unaware of the thoughts and feelings of  those around them. They also can be excessive, over-indulgent, and push at limits to the point of discomfort. Although they are intellectually and spiritually advanced, Sagittarians are notorious for their lack of tact. Like their astrological symbol, the Archer, Sagittarians are renowned for aiming their sights towards whatever it is they find alluring, whether a love partner, dream job, vacation, etc., and make it their own. In love, they demand independence. Once they find a partner who understands their need to retain their own sense of self and identity, however, Sagittarians can be the most big-hearted, generous and fun-loving companions in the zodiac. They believe that anything is possible. Because of this belief, Sagittarians are quite adept at seeking out and finding their very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The wisdom of Jupiter imbues Sagittarians with an inherent need to develop their own unique philosophy of life. The Centaur is their astrological symbol, and it gives many insights into the Sagittarian personality. The more evolved Sagittarians learn to integrate the two halves of the Centaur ( the human and the beast) in order for the Archer’s arrow of higher aspirations to strike closer to the mark.

Capricorn

The Goat-Fish, is the tenth sign of the natural cycle of the zodiac. The sign of Capricorn embodies the qualities of self-discipline, seriousness, desire for status, responsibility, and hard work. The sign of the high roller, Capricorn is regarded as the zodiac’s top life and business achievers, but quietly so. There are, however, two very different types of Capricorns, in the same manner as the three types of Scorpio. The first is represented by the mountain goat, always climbing higher and higher; never content until reaching the top. The second is the garden goat, with little adventurous spirit or ambition, quite happy to remain within a small domain, refusing to budge unless it is pushed. Both types of Capricorn, however, are patient and persevering. They reach their goals because they know every journey commences with a single step and that the first step is always the most difficult. People born under the sign of Capricorn have a tendency to be very goal-oriented, driven to build all kinds of things. They build structures and even create whole careers for themselves. They will start up a business, create an organization and proceed to turn it into the family business. They seem to know, automatically and instinctively, how to run it, no matter what it is. The rulership of Saturn, representing responsibility, structure and hard work, ensures that Capricorns in their truest expression are ambitious, practical and superb organizers. Capricorns are leaders and seek positions where they can exercise great control and authority. They do not function well in positions subordinate to others. If they believe they can succeed in attaining a goal, they will persevere without respite until it is reached. They strive to achieve a good reputation and climb to achieve the benefits of high social status. They exercise caution and discipline, and believe in doing things the old-fashioned way, including paying respect to their elders. Although rather conservative and cautious by nature, Capricorns are willing to try unusual approaches on their road to success in business or in love. Romantically, they desire a permanent relationship with someone who will give them the affection and attention they crave and often neglect to give themselves. The greatest challenge for a Capricorn is to balance work with play. They have a tendency to become too one-sided and work can replace any efforts at achieving true personal emotional fulfillment. Continually climbing the eternal mountain of success, those born to Capricorn push on, always rising to the occasion when faced with a new task or deadline. Their ambition to reach the pinnacle keeps them moving forever onwards and upwards, pushed by the strict influence of their ruling planet, Saturn. Although many Capricorns are borderline workaholics, this doesn’t necessarily make them dull or gloomy. They have an off-beat sense of humor, which seems to erupt at the most unexpected moments. Their motivating force in life is success, money, status, authority and love, though many might deny the last. By nature Capricorns are cautious when entering a new love relationship, but once they established trust and feel ‘safe’ with their partner, the cool exterior melts away to reveal a sensitive and loyal heart beneath. Capricorns can sometimes lack self-confidence, which can make them extremely defensive. They fear rejection, criticism or ridicule from others. When they hold a grudge they may do so for many years. As friends, Capricorns can be relied upon to provide the strongest and most sympathetic shoulders in the zodiac on which to cry.

Aquarius

The Water-Bearer, is the eleventh sign of the natural cycle of the zodiac. The sign of Aquarius embodies the qualities of unconventional behavior, humanitarian ideals, as well as a need for independence and sudden changes. Aquarius is the bringer of the unpredictable, yet a philanthropic sign. Most Aquarians are extremely humanitarian and often involved in social programs that assist others. Their focus on the mental plane enables them to be objective in judgment, for they never let their emotions get in the way. Outgoing and amiable, Aquarians attract friends wherever they go and those whom Aquarians befriend have their unswerving loyalty. People born under the sign of Aquarius tend to be idealistic and rather open minded. They are also extremely independent, determined and stubborn. They do not mind being asked to do something, but they resent being told to do it, and will drag their feet and resist in response. They like to make their own way, cutting across the grain of whatever the masses are doing, and to make sure others notice them doing so. Those born under the sign of Aquarius not only march to a different drummer, they make up new music as they go along. Aquarians are very much oriented towards the mental plane. The Aquarian mind is extremely quick and they never seem to stop thinking (many born under this sign suffer from insomnia). Their thoughts never stop whirling through their minds, like an unending stream or unrelenting storm. Because of their high focus on intellectual exploration, many inventors, eccentrics and highly original trailblazers are born under this sign. Their extremely strong ability to focus on many mental levels at once, holds both pain and pleasure for Aquarians. There are more Aquarians than any other sign in the American Hall of Fame, yet statistics reveal that there are more Aquarians than any other sign in mental institutions, too. Many extremes can surround this sign and these extremes can take them to both the heights of heaven and the pits of hell. They seem always ready to shock and amaze people. They insist on fighting established policies, breaking traditions, and do their best to create their own rules whenever possible.  Aquarians adore change, especially the sudden kind. Unexpected reversals are very much to their tastes. When they suddenly change their minds or do something unexpected, they will do so for practical or advantageous reasons. Aquarius is a fixed sign, however. When an Aquarian commits to a cause, he is really and truly committed. Aquarians are not limited to their environment and disappointments do not deter them from their goals. Aquarians usually have strong political, environmental or social beliefs. But regardless of whether it is a relationship, career or social cause, Aquarians are happiest when they have something to believe in, cultivate and nurture. BottoThey are often much better at friendship than love. They value being with like-minded people. They often adopt a life style that goes against the trends because the creative and original, the odd and unique fascinate them. Aquarians are the zodiac’s most mysterious and unusual people. No two are really anything alike. Those born under this sign, ruled by innovative and non-conformist Uranus, make their own way. They see life in a different way and judge it by different standards. Others quite frequently think their habits and ideas are eccentric or crazy in some way, but this uniqueness is what makes them who they are.

Pisces

The Fish, is the eleventh sign of the natural cycle of the zodiac. The sign of Pisces signifies mystical experiences, behind the scenes activities, and embodies sympathy. Pisces is the most sensitive and spiritual sign of the zodiac. People born under the sign of Pisces tend to be very sensitive, or “in-tune”, and can feel everything mentally and emotionally going on around them, very responsive to the thoughts and feelings of others. Even though they are gifted in many ways, those born to Pisces still manage to spend most of their lives battling “confusing” conditions. Pisces is the sign symbolized by the image of two fish. Their symbol depicts one fish heading upward, the other pulling downward. This mirrors how Pisceans are frequently torn between two pathways in life, or actually do live two very different existences at the same time. The number 2, is a very powerful number for them. This zodiac sign is acknowledged as being the Saint and the Sinner rolled into one; the trendsetter of fashion or art, the lost soul and the philosopher, the psychotic and the visionary. Pisceans often find themselves so immersed mentally and emotionally they cannot separate themselves from whatever they are being exposed to. This provides them with great compassion, but is also the source of a tendency to try to escape reality. Some Pisceans develop a weakness to alcohol or drugs as their means of escape. Their great compassion gives them a tendency to take in stray people and animals. Unfortunately, this also creates the possibility of being victimized or taken advantage of in some way. They a desire to do the right thing morally, but sometimes there is a struggle within them between their desires and their needs. As a result, they sometimes find it difficult to make up their minds. Those born to Pisces believe in transcendence and have  deep faith in spiritual life. They prefer being alone and to work or engage in activities behind the scenes. They invariably become exhausted when exposed to others, especially crowds. To their credit, Pisceans are incredibly adaptable and resilient, considering their many vulnerable characteristics. They are to be found leading the field in many diverse areas of life and many native Pisceans can be found represented amongst top businessmen. On the other side of the coin, prisons, reform schools and all kinds of institutions statistically hold a high number of Pisceans, also. The Piscean’s inner quest to explore their “ivory tower” syndrome can lead them into some most unusual and unlikely living conditions. Pisceans are romantic and like to dream. They often make excellent artists in all fields because they have great imagination. Of all the signs of the zodiac, Pisces are the ones who end up in the most troubles over the years of their lives. They fantasize about situations, people and particularly romance, and because they spend so much time in their own “fantasy land” they are often caught short in other more worldly areas. Because of this inner world of fantasy, Pisces people seldom perceive whatever is really going on around them in its true light. They see life as they want to see it, instead. Their view of the world is colored in hues and tones far removed from the truth. No wonder this is the sign of both miracles and disillusionment. Emotions are the Piscean weak spot. Romance plays havoc with the life of a Pisces. When things are going well romantically, Pisces is dancing on air, but when romance turns sour all is in ashes. Pisces often need to take lots of holidays (or time off) to recover from life’s many diverse pressures. Nobody can beat a Pisces up emotionally or spiritually as badly as he can beat himself up with his own thoughts. In his purest form, Pisces is psychic, a visionary and a guiding light to all who know him. In the “out of tune” state, Pisces becomes depressed, obsessive and confused.

The Houses

The Babylonians were the first to set forth the practice of dividing the horoscope into twelve houses. The houses of the horoscope represent different spheres of life, described in terms of physical surroundings as well as personal life experiences. The placement of a planet or zodiac sign in a house determines to a large degree the area of life in which it acts, and the goals and activities on which its energy or impulse are focused.

The 12 starsigns work in conjunction with the houses to indicate the character that the affairs or sphere of life governed by the house they occupy has or takes on due to their influence, alongside the nature and influence of the planets as they travel through the starsigns and houses. Individuality is designated by the star sign while personality is designated by the Ascending or Rising (Star) Sign in the horoscope chart at the time of birth.

The houses are drawn on a circular chart with a horizontal line directly across the center of it indicating the horizon. The houses are numbered from the east downward under the horizon, starting on the left and moving counter-clockwise around the circle. Each house or sign occupies a 30° arc of the circle. The line that separates a pair of consecutive signs in the zodiac or houses in the horoscope is known as a cusp.

The six houses below the horizon (1-6) are the personal houses. They show how the individual is inclined to act, how he acts and approaches his or her own life and affects his environment. The six houses above the horizon (7-12) are the social houses. These represent the external means permitting action and moderating people and their circumstances socially, on which the ability to manifest personal will depends.

The natural zodiac begins with Aries in the First House; Taurus in the Second House; Gemini in the Third House, etc. with the rest of the signs following in order, ending with Pisces. The sign occupying the first house is that through which the Sun is passing, i.e., as the Sun passes through Aries from March 22 to April 21 Aries lies in the first house. This is then reflected in the “natal” charts cast for those born during that period of time to forecast the course their lives are prone to take.

In the same manner that the starsigns are divided among the elements, so the houses are also divided between the elements.

For example: The planets in Water Houses show what’s happening on subconscious levels and indicate the source of deep experiences. Once the “hidden” becomes known consciously, the person can direct the planet energy and psychic function toward something creative.

The houses are further divided into 3 groups:  Angular Houses, Succedent Houses, and Cadent Houses. Angular Houses are the houses with the greatest influence, corresponding to the Cardinal Signs. Succedent Houses are neutral houses, corresponding to the Fixed Signs. Cadent Houses are the houses with the weakest influence, corresponding to the Mutable Signs.

Planets located in Angular Houses are strengthened by their position. The cusps of the four angular houses are considered the most important and most sensitive positions in the birth chart. The scope or sphere of influence of each of the houses follows.

House

Element

Quality

First

Fire

Angular

Second

Earth

Succedent

Third

Air

Cadent

Fourth

Water

Angular

Fifth

Fire

Succedent

Sixth

Earth

Cadent

Seventh

Air

Angular

Eighth

Water

Succedent

Ninth

Fire

Cadent

Tenth

Earth

Angular

Eleventh

Air

Succedent

Twelfth

Water

Cadent

The First House is also called the Ascendant. In Latin it is “Vita” or Life, the House of Self. The sign on its cusp is called the Rising Sign. It is a house of initiatives, beginnings and appearances, the front door, the first impression, the physical body, but also the traits and characteristics of the persona, how one presents one’s self to the world – ego. It shows one’s natural disposition and personality, representing the physical body and the primary outlook on life.

The Second House is a house of resources, possessions, values, earning ability and financial affairs. In Latin it is “Lucrum” or Wealth, the House of Value. It refers to the gain or loss of money, possessions and personal resources, but also self-esteem, self-worth, individual freedom and wealth in inner talents. It represents both material and immaterial things of a certain but definite value. Money, belongings, property, acquisitions, the cultivation and growth of inner and outer substance. Acquiring material resources generally needs a sustained and steady effort, and the Second House corresponds to the sign of Taurus which is the most stable of all signs, a fixed practical earth sign. If Neptune is located in the Second House, the subject may spend money too easily. The Second House is concerned with the person’s ability to earn money in order to acquire the material possessions they need. Through the experiences of the Second House, where the Moon is exalted, the subject is ultimately required to provide a basis of security for those who are dependent on him. They must not selfishly acquire wealth for their own personal pleasures, but use it according to their capacity for the benefit of others and society at large.

The Third House shows a person’s usual manner of communication, his mental skills, learning ability, lower (primary) education, childhood environment and siblings. In Latin it is “Fratres” or Brothers, it is the House of Communications. It represents the conscious and objective portion of the mind and the person’s connections with his immediate environment. The Third House is concerned with the assimilation, processing and circulation of information. It is the house of practical mind and communication of ideas. It also rules all things which are used in human communications, such as periodicals, papers, books, writing, and speech, and represents the development of accurate, logical, and practical reasoning, that is an essential prerequisite to all higher mental and spiritual developments. The Third House also has to do with neighborhood matters and short-distance local travels. This is the first of the Air Houses that concerns brothers, sisters, near neighbors and people in general with whom one has daily mental exchange.

The Fourth House shows the home, parents, the parent who has the greater influence on a person, character foundation, heritage and ancestry. In Latin it is “Genitor” or Parent, the House of Home and Family. It shows the roots and origins of a person’s life, property, home, parents, ancestry, heritage, domestic life or arrangements, real estate, personal security, the closing years of life and the endings of all cyclical matters. The Fourth House rules the land itself. From the land and its attachments, one finds a place to call home where one can keep one’s possessions, and where one finds comfort. It rules the accumulated environmental conditions one creates for one’s self. Thus, it rules homes, foods, and household items. A messy environment is almost a sure indication of a confused, undisciplined and disorderly mind. The Fourth House corresponds to the sign Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, indicating automatic emotional responses and habit patterns established in early childhood, the early environment and foundation, mother and mother figures. It also has a great deal to do with heredity, the beginning of life when  persons are subject to parental conditioning and exposure to the caretaker of the household.

The Fifth House is the house of love given to another, romance, pleasures, love affairs, amusements, social affairs and entertainment, originality, creativity, artistic abilities, and speculation.  In Latin it is “Nati” or Children, it is the House of Pleasure. This is the house of creative self-expression, mental and physical procreation.  It represents the next stage in a person’s development. It also rules the children of the mind, speculation, and of the body, and  has to do with teaching and sports, recreational and leisure activities, love affairs and sex, games and gambling – all things which make for enjoyment and entertainment. Since the creativity requires a steady application of the will, it is natural that Leo, a fixed creative fire sign, ruled by the Sun, corresponds to the Fifth House. The Fifth House is also a place of power, where the universal life force of creative power of the Sun finds outlet.

The Sixth House is the house of work, service given, employment and personal habits. In Latin “Valetudo” or Health, the House of Health. It also shows dependents, pets and small domestic animals, aunts and uncles. This house is concerned with the hard work and detailed methodology necessary to bring to fruition that which has been creatively envisioned in the Fifth House. The primary traits it defines are daily life, health and the work environment, including routine tasks and duties, skills or training acquired, jobs and employment. Part of learning responsibility for details comes with the proper care and maintenance of a healthy body, an essential instrument for performing useful services, and the Sixth House is about overall well-being and service performed for others. The Sixth House also deals with health, diet, and food preparation.  It also rules clothes, which protect the body and give people neatness and a pleasant appearances. Then, the persons learn concentration and efficiency through devotion to work and services in the handling of practical task and responsibilities.

The Seventh House describes marriages, partnerships, contracts, agreements, and treaties, diplomatic relations of all kinds, including those with open (known) enemies, and all dealings with the public. In Latin it is “Uxor” or Spouse, the House of Partnerships. It shows cooperation with others, personal agents, close, confidante-like relationships, and grand parents. This house concerns all direct close personal relationship with others and reveals the nature of other people’s reactions to our actions. It establishes the bonds of love and mutual harmony which makes marriage partnership and close friendship possible, defines the qualities we admire in partners and our attraction to them. Because of the Saturn influence, the Seventh House is closely related to the working of Karma, or the law of compensation, as it affects to the individual.  The Seventh House, its ruler, and the planets placed in this house reveal how the karmic pattern unfolds.

The Eighth House shows inner or outer circumstances, and people who bring about endings of old patterns and the beginnings of new ones. In Latin it is “Mors” or Death, the House of Reincarnation. It also shows spiritual and physical degeneration and regeneration, secrets, occult matters, hidden factors, sex, cycles of death and rebirth and of self-transformation. The Eighth House is the house of joint resources as opposed to the Second House that is the house of personal property. It shows moral, financial and spiritual support received from others, partners’ assets and other peoples’ resources.  It also deals with corporate money, inherited money or property, wills, legacies, trusts, insurance, taxes, joint funds, and finances as well as sexual relationships and deeply committed relationships of all kinds, the occult, psychic and taboo matters. The selfish desires associated with Mars and Scorpio can cause conflict over jointly held wealth.  Throughout history, such motives and actions led to war (Mars) and death (Scorpio). Therefore, the Eighth House is also concerned with destruction and death.

The Ninth House shows the higher consciousness, ideals, ethics, intuition, spirituality, visions, and mental study. In Latin it is “Iters” or Journeys, it is the House of Philosophy. It also shows grand children, and in-laws. The Ninth House involves the “We Think” principle, as opposed to the Third House “I Think” principle.  This house deals with all collective thought structures, such as philosophy, religion, laws and legal systems. This house is also related to teaching, culture, publishing and institutions of higher education and learning, knowledge in general.  Further, this house deals with the knowledge gained through long-distance travel, foreign travel and foreign countries, experience gained through expansion and affairs involving foreign people.

The Tenth House shows career and social status, achievements and public recognition, community standing, the ego, ambition, promotion, influence, authorities, and business activities. In Latin it is “Regnum” or Kingdom, the House of Social Status. It also shows the parent other than the one indicated in the Fourth House, the father or father-figure.

The Tenth House deals with the individual’s base of operations regarding society, rather than his own personal interests and activities that are ruled by the Fourth House. This house deals with the carrying out of one’s responsibilities before the world, being the bread-winner in the household. In this way, it also concerns career, professional and public reputation, one’s public appearance, honor or dishonor, and one’s relationship to the social power structure, government and authority, one’s social status. If a performer, it describes the audience. The Tenth House also shows how ambitious a person is and how the ambition is manifested, and his motivations. If the ambition degenerates into ruthless attempts to gain power, Saturn’s influence sees to it that such persons fall from their high positions, the Law of Cause and Effect taking over.

A Saturn connection here indicates the degree of hard work and patience the subject is willing to exercise to climb and gain social, political or business positions. The desire for power and status is closely related to the Mars desire principle which urges actions. If Uranus falls in the Tenth House, it can point to a career that is out of the norm. A Player or other performer with a well-placed Moon in the Tenth House finds it easier to stay in touch with the public.

The Eleventh House indicates friends, acquaintances, and non-emotional friendships. In Latin it is “Benefacta” or Friendship, the House of Friendships. It shows goals, desires, hopes and wishes, love received, humanitarian interests and higher associations, groups, clubs, societies, and organizations which relate to career, friends and acquaintances who are like-minded with similar attitudes and dispositions. It also encompasses foster children and circumstances beyond one’s control, and shows the benefits and fortunes to be reaped from one’s career. The Eleventh House is rather more impersonal. It reveals a person’s capacity to form group association, make friends and work on ideas of universal concern. It is concerned with group creative expression as opposed to the individual creative expression ruled by the Fifth House. The creative group expression in this house takes place on a higher mental and intuitive level. Those persons share a certain sense of loyalty and mutual responsibilities, and are willing to work for common goals that give them a feeling of significance and fulfillment. The Eleventh House also indicates a person’s openness and responsiveness to new ideas, innovation, and new experiences, as revealed by Uranus’ inflence.

The Twelfth House shows private affairs, hidden strengths, dangers, weaknesses, limitations, sorrows, secrets, hidden enemies, self-undoing, places of confinement, behind-the-scenes activities and clandestine affairs. In Latin it is “Carcer” or Prison, the House of Self-Undoing. It encompasses things that are not apparent to the self, yet clearly seen by others, matters that are elusive, clandestine, secret or hidden.

The Twelfth House rules the subconscious mind, mysticism, a person’s emotional responses and habit patterns. It deals with the person’s psychological health in relation to others, and the health and growth of society as a whole, as opposed to individual health and personal services ruled by the Sixth House. It governs places of seclusion such as religious retreats, hospitals, prisons and other institutions, including self-imposed imprisonments, retreat, reflection and self-sacrifice. An unusual strength or strong positive influence of the Twelfth House can lead to creative imagination, great compassion and a very deep level of understanding. A weak or negative influence of the Twelfth House can lead to self-pity, excuse-making, self-deception, or escapism into the past.

The Twelfth House is the house most closely associated with karma, and deals with the karmic debts. It is here that people tend to hide their problems. This house rules the secret enemies and the unconscious memory that contains all our past deeds. It also has to do with hospitals, mental institution, religious retreats, and similar places of solitude. The individual can overcome the limitations of the Twelfth House only by consciously facing the restriction imposed on him/her by karma, and accepting the conditions and then correcting them. The task of the Twelfth House is to make conscious the contents of the unconscious mind, so the individual can attain a deeper level of inspiration that then leads to wisdom and compassion.

The Planets

In the ancient world only the first seven planets could be seen so that their movements could be calculated and charted and used for the purposes of astrology. In a fantasy environment like that of RoM, where magick can be used to reveal further information or improve vision to the point where telescopes are not necessary and the heavens clearly seen, we have included all of the planets and their divinatory meanings and spheres of influence as used in modern astrology. Since there are only seven days in a week, however, we must remain bound by the old model when it comes to the planets and the days of the week and hours of the day they each rule.

Sun

The Sun and Moon are referred to as “the lights” or as “luminaries”. Benign and favorable, the Sun shines from within, showing the actual core of a person, the inner self and its expression, reflecting personal power, pride and authority, and especially leadership qualities. It also shows the strengths in character, general vitality and the ability to assert oneself. It describes a general tone of being which colors everything else. The Sun represents the principles of creativity, spontaneity, health and vitality; the very life force. The sun also governs all creative enterprises that involve an expression of the personality, from art and business to having children and parenthood (especially fatherhood). It also rules the fun side of life from sport and recreation to holidays and social events. In short, any occasion on which we can be said to “shine”.

Moon

The Sun and Moon are referred to as “the lights” or as “luminaries”. It represents feelings and emotions, imagination, a person’s receptivity to and basic tone of feeling. The Moon also represents the type of behavior with which a person is comfortable, and in which he finds security, his unconscious habits, memories, and moods. The Moon’s sign further indicates the instinctive response to what are perceived as “attacks.”  For example, if one has the Moon in an Earth Sign, their defense is probably endurance; in a Fire Sign, it will be anger.

The Moon also has an effect on the sense of rhythm, time and timing in life (as it does with the tides), it influences our adaptability to change, to accommodate others, temporary plans, one’s mobility and versatility. It is associated with swimming, motherhood, maternal or nurturing instincts, the home and need for security, as well as the past, especially childhood and early experiences.

Together with Mercury, it rules the animal spirits.

Mercury

Mercury is the planet of day-to-day expression and relationships. It represents reason, reasonableness (basic “horse-sense” or common sense), the mental realm and thinking patterns, the Greek standard of the reasonable man, that which is governed by the rational mind. Mercury’s impulse is to take things apart and put them back together again. It is an opportunistic planet, decidedly unemotional yet curious. It governs transport or travel over short distances, one’s immediate environment of neighbors, siblings and cousins, messages and communications of all sorts, especially the spoken and the written word, newspapers, journalism and writing, putting affairs in order and organizational skills in general, information gathering skills, the weighing and evaluating of information, the process of learning and developing skills, especially schooling and formal education. It represents physical dexterity or coordination, as well.

Together with the Moon, it rules the animal spirits.

Venus

Venus governs our awareness of and sense of aesthetics and standards of beauty, the principles of harmony and balance, the arts and fashion, beauticians, florists, tailors, designers, as well as the desire for pleasure, personal possessions, comfort and ease, sociability and the gregarious urge, social life, the urge to sympathize and unite with others, especially romantic relations, marriage and business partnerships. Venus is associated with the feelings and affections, as well as the more prosaic and obvious sensuality and physical eroticism, pleasure and sex.

Mars

Mars embodies the energy and drive within a person, their confidence, courage and determination or assertiveness, but also the freedom to act on spontaneous impulse. It is one’s readiness for action, the drive with which one goes about assaying important tasks or even the focus and energy of their general behavior, as well as simple, prosaic aggression. Mars governs sports, competitions and physical activities in general, energy, strength, ambition and sexuality. While Venus tends to the overall relationship atmosphere, Mars is the passionate impulse and action, the masculine aspect, and this goes beyond sex into your drive, discipline, will-power and stamina. Mars is also associated with fever, accidents, trauma, pain and surgery.

Jupiter

The search for individual meaning and purpose is governed by Jupiter, and it is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, prosperity and good fortune. Long distance and foreign travel also fall within Jupiter’s orb. It embodies optimism, hope, ideals and higher goals, and drives a person’s inner sense of justice and morality. By extension, it also represents faith, a basic positive philosophy of life, humanitarian and protecting roles, the drive for spiritual growth and expansion of consciousness, religion and the law. Jupiter governs higher (scholastic) education. It is also associated with the urge for freedom and exploration, but also with gambling and merrymaking all forms of “joviality”.

Saturn

Saturn provides the barriers in life where we meet with resistance and discover our limitations, and governs how we experience “reality”. Saturn represents the power of one’s conscience and moral convictions, the laws and rules or social morés which we choose to obey, the Virtues and Vices. It also defines our powers of endurance and ability to concentrate and maintain focus, lending qualities like earnestness, seriousness and integrity, caution and reserve, temperance and governing fears. Saturn is associated with the principles of limitation, restrictions, and boundaries, practicality and reality, and crystallizing. Saturn governs ambition, career, authority and hierarchy, and conforming to social structures, civilization in general, and government. It concerns a person’s sense of duty, discipline and responsibility and burdens, and their physical and emotional endurance during hardships. Saturn rules concerns regarding long-term planning. Saturn rules over matters that require patience and endurance, any studies of a profound nature, lessons, structures, organization, highly detailed things, plumbers, farmers, realtors, gardeners, etc. Saturn represents many archetypes, such as Father Time, the Grim Reaper with his scythe, Kronos. While many of the aspects ruled by Saturn may carry negative connotations, it also rules over, the harvest, prestige and reputation, maturity, and order in general.

The Return of Saturn occurs at the ages of 27-30, 58-60, and finally from 86-88, coinciding with the time it takes the planet Saturn to make one orbit around the sun. The first Saturn Return is notable because it represents the first test of character and the structures a person has built their lives upon. As Saturn “returns” to the degree in which it occupied at the time of birth (roughly every 29.5 years) a person crosses over a major threshold and into the next stage of life. With the first Saturn Return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second Return, maturity grows. And the third and usually final Return, a person achieves the wisdom of old age. It is not uncommon for relationships and jobs to end during a Return, a time of life restructuring and reevaluation. During this time goals are consolidated and people tend to gain a better vision of their path in life. Responsibilities tend to increase and a person may reap the rewards from his or her hard work. Many major milestones in life seem to happen around the ages of 29 to 30.

Uranus

Uranus governs intuition, transmitting sudden inspiration and flashes of insight, personal epiphanies. It opens the way for all that is new, unknown and unusual. On the other hand, a sort of wrong-headed contrariness is also associated with this planet. Uranus rules freedom and independence. It provides originality in thought and expression. It is also associated with unexpected events and unpredictability. Uranus expresses a quality of originality and even genius through all its influences in the natal horoscope chart. This is often manifested in scientific abilities, critical and analytical thinking, which lead to new discoveries. Uranus also emphasizes humanitarian tendencies, very often expressed as cooperation in group endeavors. A strong, well-aspected Uranus provides occult abilities, expressed through such fields as Astrology, Alchemy and all the trades which wield magick in some form. Uranus rules over these, occult sciences, metaphysics and magick, inventions, freedom, reforms, electricity, aviation/flight, sudden changes, unusual people, friends, adventure, new methods, and anything new.

Neptune

Neptune represents the supersensory, the Spirit Skills, opening doors to mystical experience and the transcendental. If Neptune is well-aspected, the person is likely to be glamorous, charismatic, compassionate and highly creative. It gives transcendental emotional experiences, often expressed through art, music, and/or drama. Highly developed persons may have the capacity to act as a channel for spiritual inspiration through the influence of Neptune. It is hard to discern where perception moves into deception, illusion and false appearances with Neptune, however, so it is also associated with all of these, and especially with psychotropic drugs and all kinds of altered mental states and pseudo-realities. Neptune rules over all psychic phenomena, psychically and spiritually sensitive people, spiritual perceptions, liquids, fishing, oil, paints, perfume, and anything strange. It can be a difficult planet to describe because it rules over those things that are difficult to pin down or define in the first place. However, in the natal horoscope chart, Neptune represents a person’s spirituality, abstract thinking, illusions and things that are not necessarily what they seem to be. Neptune also indicates good fortune and protection of an almost supernatural degree. It also can rule those who are oppressed or abandoned.

Pluto

Pluto represents the manner in which we deal with power, both personal and non-personal, regardless of whether it is through suffering others to exercise it, or exercising it ourselves. It describes how we meet with Spirit and the magickal, our regenerative powers and our capacity for radical change and rebirth, the balance of the cycles of dying and becoming. Pluto represents intense energy, called “the great re-newer”, and is considered to represent the part of a person that tears down or destroys in order to renew, replenish and rebuild, through the act of bringing intense buried needs and drives to the surface and expressing them, even at the expense of the existing order or state of being. A commonly used keyword for Pluto is “transformation”, the phoenix rising from the ashes. It is associated with power and personal mastery and the need to co-operate and share with another – if each is not to be destroyed, if both are to survive. The presence of Pluto’s energy is never obvious until it is used.  Pluto is the transformer, breaking down the old and replacing it with the new, and is associated with drastic changes and forced conditions. Pluto governs big business and wealth, mining, surgery and detective work, any enterprise that involves digging under the surface to bring the truth to light. Pluto rules over insurance, taxes, wills, the underworld, death, regeneration, transformation, power, forceful people, astral-projection and rejuvenation. Pluto is also associated with karmic responsibility and where a person must gain a deeper level of understanding. Pluto signifies a principle of fundamental will or energy that is capable either of raising the level of expression of any basic pattern in the person’s life, or of completely changing the quality of life, for either good or evil.

Pluto’s power can degrade or regenerate any of the affairs ruled by the planets which aspect it. Pluto is very slow to act, ponderous, yet inescapable and inevitable. It also embodies the manner in which lives can be altered by vast impersonal forces beyond peoples’ control.

While Pluto mainly applies to a generation, a strong Pluto in the birth chart generally indicates a person who is most likely be a nonconformist, and who brings new developments into the world.  If Pluto is well and strongly aspected in the birth chart, it can also indicate a person who has great amounts of money and power lurking behind the scenes.

The player and GM should keep in mind the elemental correspondences and their Qualities, also, as shown again on the table that follows. Fire represents one’s desires and creative energies. Earth represents one’s material resources, environment and possessions. Air represents the intellect and one’s ability to reason and communicate. Water represents imagination, human feelings and one’s ability to love and sustain, and is the medium of Spirit, gateway to the Otherworld.

Star Sign

Element

Quality

Polarity

Class

Aries

Fire

Cardinal

Male

Barren

Taurus

Earth

Fixed

Female

Semi-Fruitful

Gemini

Air

Mutable

Male

Barren

Cancer

Water

Cardinal

Female

Fruitful

Leo

Fire

Fixed

Male

Barren

Virgo

Earth

Mutable

Female

Barren

Libra

Air

Cardinal

Male

Semi-Fruitful

Scorpio

Water

Fixed

Female

Fruitful

Sagittarius

Fire

Mutable

Male

Barren

Capricorn

Earth

Cardinal

Female

Semi-Fruitful

Aquarius

Air

Fixed

Male

Barren

Pisces

Water

Mutable

Female

Fruitful

The column headed “Quality” marks the general nature of the sign. They are also called Quadruplicities because there is one of each sign for each of the four elements. “Cardinal” signs, from the French “cardo” for “hinge”, are pivotal, most important. They mark times of beginnings, when enterprise and new beginnings should be encouraged. The Equinox Signs (Aries and Libra) mark times of perfect balance, but also sudden change. The Solstice Signs (Cancer and Capricorn) are times marked by extremes. The key words for “Fixed” signs are stability and determination, while for “Mutable” signs the primary characteristics are adaptability and resourcefulness.

Four is considered an earthly number, there being four elements. Water, Air, Fire, and Earth; Three is considered a divine number, and there are three qualities: Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable; Three plus four equals seven, a highly spiritual number, often signifying the union of heaven and earth.

Under the heading “Polarity” the sex each sign is associated with is indicated. Under the “Class” heading is a general indication of the general reproductive capabilities of each sign. A fruitful sign is fecund and will reproduce well, normally, and regularly. A barren sign is a sign of the zodiac that, according to ancient astrological tradition, is not likely to possess strong powers of procreation, i.e. they are “barren” or sterile. The signs most associated with infertility are Gemini, Leo, and Virgo. In addition, Taurus, Libra, and Capricorn are also believed to quite often have problems in matters of reproduction either in conception or delivery and are therefore considered only semi-fruitful.

The “Sign” heading following the planets indicates which sign or signs a given planet is said to “rule”. Under the “Period” heading is the amount of time each planet spends in each of the 12 signs, “d” indicating a number of days and “y” indicating a number of years. The entries for the “Metal” and “Color” columns indicate which metals and colors are ruled by or associated with each planet.

Under the “House” heading is the house or houses each planet rules. Under the “Exalted” heading are listed the signs in which each corresponding planet achieves its strongest influence, and its “Fall” indicates the sign in which it is at its weakest.

In the tables following, the application of the energies and spheres of influence of these Correspondences can be seen, in particular the colors and metals.

Planet

Sign

Period

Metal

Color

Moon

Cancer

2.27d

Silver

White

Mercury

Virgo, Gemini

7.33d

Quick Silver

Brown

Venus

Taurus, Libra

18.75d

Copper

Green

Sun

Leo

30.4d

Gold

Yellow

Mars

Aries

57.79d

Iron

Red

Jupiter

Sagittarius

361.95d

Tin

Orange

Saturn

Capricorn

2.46y

Lead

Gray

Uranus

Aquarius

7y

Zinc

Blue

Neptune

Pisces

13.75y

Antimony

Purple

Pluto

Scorpio

20.66y

Bismuth

Black

Planet

House

Exalted

Fall

Moon

4th

Taurus

Scorpio

Mercury

3rd/6th

Virgo

Pisces

Venus

2nd/7th

Pisces

Virgo

Sun

5th

Aries

Libra

Mars

1st

Capricorn

Cancer

Jupiter

9th

Cancer

Capricorn

Saturn

10th

Libra

Aries

Uranus

11th

Scorpio

Taurus

Neptune

12th

Leo

Aquarius

Pluto

8th

Leo/Aries

Aquarius/Libra

Planet Flowers/Plants/Herbs/Trees
Venus Peppermint, Rose, Thyme, Burdock, Catnip, Colt’s Foot, Lady’s Mantle, Motherwort, Mugwort, PennyRoyal, Raspberry, Yarrow, Elder, Featherfew, Featherfoil, FeverFew, Bachelor’s Buttons, Marshmallow, Tansy, artichoke, beans, red cherries, Apples, archangel, bearberry, bishop’s weed, burdock, cranebill, cudweed, cock’scomb, couch grass, cowslip, daffodils, foxgloves, goldenrod, lily, little daisy, ferns, gooseberry, grapes and other vines, groundsel, kidneywort, mint, pennyroyal, pennywort, sanicle, sea holly, sorrel, spearmint, throatwort, vervain, violets, wheat; also Apple, Apricot, Black Alder, Clove, Cypress, Elder, Pecan and Pomegranate trees.
Mars Aloe, Basil, Black Pepper, Pine, all Thistles, Hops, Nettles, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic, All-Heal, Hawthorn tree, Butcher’s Broom, Wormwood, Common Barberry, Taragon, Anemone, arsmart, barberry, basil, box tree, cactus, capers, catmint, coriander, crowfoot, flax-weed, furze-bush, garden cress, gentian, ginger, honeysuckle, horse radish, horsetongue, leadwort, leeks, madder, masterwort, mousetail, mustard, onions, peppers, plantain, radish, savin, wake-robin, wormwood, and all briars; also trees with thorns.
Sun Bugloss, Butterbur, Centaury, Chamomile, Celery, Celeriac, Celandine, Corn Hornwort, Eyebright, Mistletoe, Frankincense and other aromatic herbs, Heart Trefoil, Juniper, Rosemary, Angelica, Lovage, Marigold, Olive, Pimpernel, male Peony, Yellow Poppy, Rue, Saffron, St. John’s Wort, Sun Dew, Tormentil, Turnsole, Bay/Laurel, Almond, Ash tree, Citrus, and Walnut trees
Moon Clary Sage, Willow tree and Maple, Olive, Palm, and other trees rich in sap, Chickweed, Cleavers, Adder’s Tongue, Cabbage, Cucumber, Lettuce, Pumpkin, Turnips, Coral-wort, Cuckoo Flowers, Dog-tooth, Hyssop, Iris, Melon, Moonwort, Pearlwort, Privet, Purslain, Rattle Grass, Seaweed, Wallflowers, Water Arrowhead, Watercress, Water Lily, Water Violet, White Lily, White Poppy, White Rose, White Saxifrage, Whitlow Grass, Wintergreen, and all night blooming plants.
Jupiter Jasmine, Lemon Balm, Sage, Borage, Chervil, Dandelion, Meadowsweet, Bilberry, Agrimony, Costmary, MelissaAgrimony, aniseed, asparagus, balm, balsam, betony, bloodwort, cinquefoil, currants, daisy, hart’s tongue, house leek, liver wort, mint, myrrh, nailwort, nutmeg, polypody, rhubarb, sage, scurvy grass, small samphire swallow wort, strawberry, sugar cane, thorn apple, wild pinks, wild succory; also birch, chestnut, fig, linden, mulberry and oak trees.
Saturn Comfrey, Shepherd’s Purse, Mullein, Hemp, Elm, Aconite, hemlock, henbane, nightshad, barley, parsnips, spinach, barren wort, black hellebore, pansies, blue bottle, crosswort, flaxweed, fleawort, fumitory, gladwin, ground moss, horsetail, ivy, jew’s ear, knap-weed, knotgrass, mandrake, mangel, moss, navelwort, rupture wort, rushes, rye, sciatica wort, senna, sloes, Solomon’s seal, tamarisk; also beech, holly, medlar, quince, pine and yew trees.
Mercury Caraway, Dill, Fennel/Fenugreek, Lavendar, Marjoram, Myrtle, Oregano, Licorice, Parsley, Valerian, Horehound, Flax, Carrot, Azaleas, bittersweet, calamint, cascara, coraline, elecampane, endive, hare’s foot, hound’s tongue, lavender, lily of the valley, male fern, parsley, pellitory, southernwood, star-wort, trefoil, winter savory; also mulberry, myrtle, hazel, and filbert trees.

The chart above provides a listing of various types of plants, flowers, herbs, trees and the like and the planets that rule them, with whom they are associated. More information regarding their use in magick can be found under the heading “The Substances of Magick”, directing the manner in which their powers can be tapped, for what magicks and purposes.

Since the second-octave planets are expressed more on the mental and spiritual plane than in the physical, no additions to these ancient lists have been made as applicable to Uranus, Neptune and Pluto since their discovery. Modern astrology seldom concerns itself with adding to these classifications. This is just as well, for it leaves the information more in consonance with our aims here.

Sign

Body

Gem

Aries

head and face

Amethyst 1

Taurus

neck, throat, and ears

Emerald 2

Gemini

hands, arms, shoulders, lungs, sensory organs and nervous system

Alexandrite 3

Cancer

digestive system, stomach, breasts, ovaries & their functions

Quartz 4

Leo

heart, circulatory system, thymus, sides and upper back

Diamond 5

Virgo

solar plexus and the bowels

Jasper 6

Libra

lower back (lumbar), the veins and skin, and kidneys

Coral 7

Scorpio

bladder and the external sex organs

Opal 8

Sagittarius

liver, arteries, blood or sanguine humor, pituitary gland and the disposition of fats, hips and thighs

Lapis 9

Capricorn

all bones and the knees

Garnet 10

Aquarius

ankles, calves and circulation

Amethyst 11

Pisces

the feet and immune system

Carnelian 12

1) also diamond and opal (for those born in October)

2) also sapphire and coral

3) also emerald and the various types of agate

4) pure quartz crystal, gem quality; also moonstone, ruby (for those born in July) and pearl

5) also ruby, amber and sardonyx

6) also sapphire and sardonyx

7) also diamond, opal and peridot (especially for those born in August)

8) also topaz, but ruled by Mars rather than Pluto, as Mars was the original ruling planet of Scorpio

9) for those born in December; also jasper and turquoise

10) also onyx

11) also garnet and agate

12) also aquamarine

The table above shows which parts of the body and its systems are ruled by what signs. During the reign of Pisces the practitioner has an easier time casting such magicks as Sure Foot, Pad Foot, Traceless Path, and the like. Under the heading “Gem” are the gemstones ruled by each sign. The player and GM should take the time to read the numbered notes as well, for most signs rule a number of gemstones, unlike the planets and the metals they rule.

In order to give fuller interpretation to the signs comprising the Zodiac, ancient astrologers subdivided each Sign into periods of approximately ten days. These divisions are known as the “decans” or “decantes” shown on the table at left. The ruler of the 1st decan is always the natural ruler of the sign, but during the 2nd and 3rd decans, a secondary ruler for the sign is assigned.

The practitioner also has resort to the planetary hours or chronocratories, in Correspondence, as well, probably of Egyptian origin. Each of the 168 hours of the week is governed by one of the planets of the Septenary (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon), the planets ruling the hours succeeding one another following the decreasing order of their sidereal revolutions. The progression is shown on the following table.

Sign 1st Decan 2nd Decan 3rd Decan
Aries Mars Sun Sun
Taurus Venus Mercury Saturn
Gemini Mercury Venus Uranus
Cancer Moon Pluto Neptune
Leo Sun Jupiter Mars
Virgo Mercury Saturn Venus
Libra Venus Uranus Mercury
Scorpio Pluto Neptune Moon
Sagittarius Jupiter Mars Sun
Capricorn Saturn Venus Mercury
Aquarius Uranus Mercury Venus
Pisces Neptune Moon Pluto
Hour of Dayor Night

Day of the Week

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

1

8

3

10

Sat

Sun

Mar

Mer

Jup

Ven

Mn

2

9

4

11

Jup

Ven

Sun

Mn

Mar

Mer

Sat

3

10

5

12

Mar

Mer

Ven

Sat

Sun

Mn

Jup

4

11

6

Sun

Mn

Mer

Jup

Ven

Sat

Mar

5

12

7

Ven

Sat

Mn

Mar

Mer

Jup

Sun

6

1

8

Mer

Jup

Sat

Sun

Mn

Mar

Ven

7

2

9

Mn

Mar

Jup

Ven

Sat

Sun

Mer

The first planet appearing under the name for each day, ruling its first hour, also rules the entire day. It is possible to give additional weight to the Correspondence being used by casting a magick governed by a particular planet not only on its day, but also in an hour it governs. The hours of the day or night are each numbered 1 thru 12. The planets ruling each can be found by reading across the table to the column for the day of the week desired.

Sat = Saturn Ven = Venus

Jup = Jupiter Mer = Mercury

Mar = Mars Mn = Moon

Though formulated by the Chaldeans in remote antiquity, the medieval people followed the same practice of marking the hours of light and darkness off into 12 hours each, ringing the offices of prayer every 3 “hours”. The actual duration of these hours by mechanical “clock time” vary with the time of year, only really achieving equal lengths of hours in daylight and darkness on the two Equinoxes of the year. This is only a concern in those locations where time is kept by mechanical clock. Such mechanisms or social “improvements” do not mesh well with the practice of magick.

Each magick has a ruling planet and house, and each of the planets is associated with an element. To cast a magick that is ruled by a particular planet when that planet is in the House that also governs that magick specifically or the use to which that magick is being put, when that House is also considered Angular for that planet, especially for the element most appropriate. This is a strong Correspondence, especially when the Corresponding day of the week for that planet and the hour of the day ruled by that planet are chosen for the casting, also brought into play. The caster must look to the nature of the magick he is going to cast – what planet governs it, what House governs the use to which it is being put and/or the nature of the magick. If he can line up a time in which the ruling planet is traversing the ruling sign and reinforce that by choosing the day of the week and hour of the day also ruled by that same planet to begin the casting, he has achieved four points of Correspondence.

All Correspondences are roughly equal for the purposes of casting magick, each rated at a POT of one (1) on its own, BUT when combined, the number points on which the correspondences are aligned are Progressive. The caster might also cobble together a little fetish for the moment using the intricate series of Correspondences between the signs and planets with the metals, gems, flowers and herbs, trees/wood, and animals out of whatever is applicable that is lying about for a spur-of-the-moment magick, , or use them in making more durable and deliberately thought-out Talismans that allow the caster to enjoy these benefits whenever and wherever he may employ them, the POT of the item being divided up between these purposes as the caster desires on a case-by-case basis.

If he cobbles together another four points in Correspondence this way on top of the four already aligned which provide a POT of 10, the POT rises to 36 (8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1). To these can be added considerations of Quality, Polarity, Class, transits of planets through signs in which they are exalted, and the like.

The POT of Correspondences is allotted in much the same way as Sympathetic or Resonant ties, but they are more versatile. These may only be used to:

  1. lower the casting DV;
  2. add to the effective POT of the dweomer when it manifests without affecting the casting DV;
  3. to lower the effective POT vs. the limit by CND he can cast without a P-RES check.

Unlike Sympathetic or Resonant ties, the POT in Correspondences may be divided as desired between these purposes. Between the different sorts of Correspondences to be used, a caster can come up with a dozen or more points of POT to improve his chances of success by timing and vibrational support, and that is a considerable number.