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THE PART OF FORTUNE

by

Zane Maser

When we entertain the lively spirit of Christmas, any of these feelings might come to mind: innocent delight, happiness, enjoyment, jubilation, festive gaiety, or rejoicing. Christmas can be an excellent time to reflect on your good fortune and sense of well being on all levels. It's a chance to count blessings not only for the year that is passing and the one ahead but also for the natural good fortune that can be experienced in your life as shown by the Part of Fortune in your astrological birth chart. Packing a positive charge, the Part of Fortune is described as the point of beneficial increase and potentially the most fortunate position in the chart. However, it is important to remember that any factor in a chart must be taken within the context of the whole gestalt of the chart.

As one of many Arabic "Parts," the Part of Fortune is a mathematically calculated point that synthesizes the positions of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant—the three most important points in one's natal chart. These are the major, defining trio that represents the self/Self and its environmental setting. Thus, these three form the important bedrock of the human personality. When working in harmony, this trio indicates a deepening connection to the Self and the path outlined in the natal blueprint. These three factors, called the "trinity of awareness," can actually form 1728 different combinations among themselves!

The Part of Fortune symbolizes that fortunate place (or degree) in your chart where there is the greatest harmonious blending of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. This place of harmony is where your true nature can shine most radiantly. The Sun sign describes your core self, your essential identity, which makes you unique. The sign of the Moon—the receptive complement to the Sun and embodiment of the feminine principle—is the emotional side of the psyche and shows how you meet your deepest needs for support, nurturing, and a sense of belonging. The Ascendant is the sign related to how you present and project yourself to the outer world. It is often described as your "front door" or the persona or style you most characteristically express outwardly. It is the anchor point in the chart, where there is a laser focus on individual expression. Your solar-lunar nature are both experienced and presented through the Ascendant.

Taken as a dynamic triad, the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant reveal an abundance of information about you, what could be described as your own distinct astrological signature. When you're humming along, using the highest energies of these three giants in an integrated way, life will tend to fall magically into place and rewards or benefits on the various levels of being are the consequence. As a unified expression of these three, the Part of Fortune comes into play to open the door to an innate climate of success, to an internal sense or quality of wholeness and abundance. However, this inner and outer pot of potential gold, where dreams are fulfilled, is the result of conscious intent and nurtured application!

On printed charts today, the Part of Fortune is depicted as an "X" within a circle. Originally, this Part was the same symbol as that of Earth:  the equal-sided cross within the circle, which ideally indicates attainment in worldly affairs. For the White Eagle family, this is a personally sacred symbol showing the cross of matter within the world of form encompassed by the circle of Divine spirit. In addition, this oldest known symbol is both an archetypal image and one that is common to all civilizations. White Eagle tells us that the cross is a symbol of sacrifice, service, and joy. It represents the innermost Self-evolving within the confines of incarnation to achieve psychological wholeness. Accordingly, it is fitting that the symbol of the Part of Fortune depicts the ideal integration of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant as a promise of the outpouring of blessing, joy, and fortune. This is the inner realization of 'calm joyousness in prosperity.'

It might be helpful to give an example of what the Part of Fortune can reveal by sign (qualities, traits, or activities) and house (specific area of life). I have the Part of Fortune in Cancer. The Moon is the ruler of home and family-oriented Cancer, so this suggests I will experience the most success and joy from Moon-related activities. Cancer is a tender, feeling energy where the giving of warmth and closeness in nurturing roles and receiving nurturance is highly valued. For me, expression of the caring, sympathetic, devotional qualities of Cancer will bring joy and a sense of fulfillment. Cancer also has much to do with "motherliness" and the "birthing" process. New births and beginnings of many sorts can be sources of happiness. Consciously working with Cancer energy is the key for me to integrate my individuality (the Sun), my emotional nature (the Moon), and how I package myself and interact with the world (the Ascendant).

My Part of Fortune in Cancer is in the 11th house of friends, colleagues, long-term goals and visions, networking, and group service. Esoterically, this is the house of the New Group of World Servers, such as those who are drawn to organizations like the White Eagle Lodge. This implies that my greatest benefits and success are derived from 11th house activities and endeavors. Additionally, in my chart there is a harmonious tie-in between the Part of Fortune in the 11th house (Aquarius' natural house) and the Moon in Aquarius in the 6th house of work, service, and small pets. Any sort of progressive "Aquarian" and sensitive "Lunar" activities, such as astrology, my Lodge work of service and sending the Light to humanity, nurturing myself in the garden tending to our plant children or cooking nutritious meals for close friends—who tend to become my family—are what truly bring joy and a sense of prosperity. Moreover, this is a reiterated theme in general in the context of my whole chart.

Through the natural inclinations shown by the Part of Fortune, each of us can work toward becoming a more integrated, whole person able to tap into a source of inner wealth and manifest it in outer ways of happiness and success. Since, at some level, we are innately drawn to what this treasure of wealth represents, the chances are you have already dipped into your own "pot of gold" suggested by the Part of Fortune in your astrological chart.

© Zane Maser 2005.
This article was published in Drumbeat, Journal of the White Eagle Lodge (Canada), Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 10-12 (2004).

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