Fagan on Houses

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Fagan on Houses

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 07, 2017 10:47 pm

[Extracted from Cyril Fagan's essays disclosing the Egyptian "Libra rising" house model that seems the basis of the 12-fold house system that later emerged in Greece.]

1st House (Libra). Libra glyph = Achet, "the place of sunrise." Venus = Ankh, life, i.e., Apheta. "Should Jupiter be in the 1st house, or just above it in close propinquity to the cusp, it betokens the birth or coming into being of prosperity and good fortune during the periods covered by such returns...Because the planet nearest the ascending degree indicated the change in the native's fortune that is about to occur, this house was anciently identified with Fortuna, the fickle goddess of good or bad fortune."

2nd House (Scorpio). "...which the Greeks designated Haidou pyle, the door of Hades or the gates of hell... This house was identified with Tartarus, a place in the bowels of the earth, even lower than hell, where Typhon and the Titans were imprisoned by Zeus... In Egyptian astrology, the 2nd house indicated the agony of death, wars, woundings, violence, imprisonment, upheaval, revolt, and rebellion... This violent house is unfortunate for all planets, except perhaps Mars because here he is in his element... The influences of all planets, be they benefics or malefics, are destroyed when situated in the 2nd house. In the Vimshottari Dasa system of prediction... the Maraka or death-dealinbg houses are the 2n (Scorpio) and the 7th (Aries), both ruled by Mars whose well-known astrological symbol is the hieratic ideogram for Khopet or death."

3rd House (Sagittarius). "Manilius... makes Diana the regent of the 3rd house just as he makes her brother Dianus or Phoebus regent of the 9th or opposite house Dianus means 'god of light' (Sun) and Diana 'goddess of light' (Moon)... Hermes states that prophetic dreams and religious rites come under the dominion of the 3rd house and Maniius says it is the house of 'high patronage and employment,' all of which accords perfectly with... Sagittarius... It is not surprising, therefore, to find in the horoscopes of medical men many planets clustered in the 3rd house... Notwithstanding the fact that the 3rd house is one of the houses that constitutes the background, where planets are at their weakest, it is not for that reason an unfortunate house except where health is concerned. It signifies the attempts, alas too often vain, of the Church and the medical profession to save the sufferer from entering the 'gates of hell' (2nd house). In general, the 3rd house signifies one's inner aspirations and attainments, the gift of prophecy and spiritual healing enlightenment and Buddhahood... The Egyptian symbol for Sagittarius was a double-barbed arrowhead, which is the ideogram for sen, the Egyptian for brother, suggesting that the 3rd house had dominion over brethren... Zael, an Arabian astrologer of great repute, sets forth the 3rd house as denoting sects, epistles, dreams, mutations, churches, clerks, carols, etc., all of which excellently accords with the nature of the constellation Sagittarius."

4th House (Capricorn). Capricorn. The person of the father, "his patrimony, and all inheritances descending by right of line to the native... Manilius specifically refers to the 4th house as being 'Saturn's seat,' and that it denoted the father and his fortune, old-age, severity, and thrift... it denotes 'the womb of the earth,' gold, silver, and iron mines, and all matters, relating to them such as smelting, furnaces, forges, and ovens, because Mars, the significator or fire, was exalted... Classical and medieval astrologers agree that it signifies real estate and all immovable things such as cities, castles, buildings, houses, monuments, dungeons, vaults, catacombs, sepulchers, tombs, cemeteries, as well as lands, fields, orchards, and gardens... Ancient writers inform us that the 4th house also denotes 'hidden treasure, curious secrets, sepulchral arts and superstitious rites; and what shall befall the dead man in his grave, and to his corpse.' In solunar returns the 4th house indicates the place of residence and what befalls it; also one;s property and wealth... "

5th House (Aquarius). Per Manilius, "Aquarius and its ruler Juno... was the special genius of womanhood... She presided over marriages, women in childbirth invoked her... to help them, and newly born children were under her protection. This accords excellently with the dominion of the 5th house, namely, women, concubinage, mistresses, pregnancy, childbirth, offspring and the health and welfare of children. The 5th house is also said to govern love affairs, sex ties and all sexual and sensuous enjoyments... bedrooms, taverns, bars, theaters, places of amusement, gambling, hobbies, banquets, bread, wine, delicacies, delectations, amusements and merrymaking of all descriptions."

6th House (Pisces).

7th House (Aries).

8th House (Taurus). "Being a succeedent house, the 8th is one of the sluggish or inactive sectors... when most people in hot countries have their siesta or afternoon sleep, and those in cooler climates their afternoon tea, which fully accords with the nature of the constellation Taurus... It may therefore be assumed that when planets are situated in the 8th house they sink into a state of quiescence and passivity... The only laces that appear to rejoice in the 8th house are Venus and the Moon. It appears to be an unhappy house for Mars, which loses much of its aggressiveness and so-called manliness in this situation."

9th House (Gemini).

10th House (Cancer).

11th House (Leo). Leo. Ancient astrologers "state that it is the house of knights, esquires, ambassadors and servants of great princes. It is also said to be the house of favorites, flatterers, advisors, as well as that of one's wishes, hopes and desires. Ptolemy associates it with the birth of children, especially sons, and it is regarded as being the luckiest of the twelve houses."

12th House (Virgo). Virgo. [Nothing practical stated.]
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Re: Fagan on Houses

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 07, 2017 10:48 pm

Bogdan574 wrote:Where are the rest of the houses?
I haven't had time to write this up. This sort of things takes hours of reading, excising, editing, and transcribing, and I just haven't gotten back to it.
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Re: Fagan on Houses

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 07, 2017 10:48 pm

Venus_Daily wrote:Thanks for this, all thought the angles are always the most important, it really helps to fine tune things with returns and natal, especially for the middle and background. I'm starting to wonder though, if the symbolism was reversed out of sexism.

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