Electing a Wedding Chart Terri Asks: “I’m planning a wedding, and I’ve forgotten the best “moon times” for a long and fruitful marriage.” Carol Asks: “How do I find a good day for a wedding? What elements do I need to consider, what aspects and house placements, ad where should the Sun be?” Kevin Answers: Terri and Carol, What you’re asking about is a branch of astrology called “Electional Astrology” which is concerned with choosing advantageous times for important events in ones life. Electional astrology is a very complex field, and I won’t even begin to scratch the surface of it in this article (even with respect to wedding charts), but I will try and cover some of the most important factors to consider. The first thing to remember when doing Electional Astrology is this: there is no such thing as a perfect chart! This is the fundamental mistake that most astrologers make when dabbling with electional astrology: they keep trying to find the “perfect chart” and it simply does not exist. Electional astrology, along with horary and event interpretation, is a form of interrogatory astrology--that is, it is designed to answer a question. With electional, since you’re basically looking at a future event, you have a bit more leeway in interpretation than you do with horary or event charts, which deal with finite, past moments in time, and with electional astrology, it’s important to remember that we do still have free will, and that we are ultimately the ones that control the outcome of our lives. Electional astrology, however, can help to identify times when it may be easier for us to accomplish our goals (and there’s nothing wrong with trying to synchronize our lives and our intentions with the universe!). To make matters even more complicated, there are two types of electionals: general and specific. A General Electional only takes into consideration the chart for the time and location of the elected event; a Specific Electional, on the other hand, factors in how the electional chart aspects the natal chart(s) of the person or people involved in the electional. It’s nice (but not always possible, mind you) to be able to combine both the General and the Specific when it comes to things like Weddings. Your question about the “moon times” refers to one of the guidelines of electional astrology. The Moon is the most important planet in an interrogatory chart, and the movement and applying aspects of the Moon show the future events, or the sequence of events that will follow from the elected event. In general, it’s nice to have the Moon waxing (moving from a New Moon conjunction with the Sun to a Full Moon opposition to the Sun) if you’re starting something that you want to grow, and waning (from the Full Moon opposition to the next New Moon) if you want to eliminate something (i.e., if you’re electing to have a tumor removed, you would probably like to have a waning moon). The simple fact of the matter is, though that you’re limited in your choices of dates. You could certainly elect to have a wedding at 2:00 am on a Tuesday, but don’t count on many guests! You’re going to be limited by the dates (a weekend, usually), and often even more so by the month (we must be married in June). And of course when you can book the caterer, the band, etc. also tends to take priority over astrology. Usually, when working with Wedding electional charts, you’re trying to pick the best chart from a very limited selection. With that in mind, here are some nice things to have in a wedding electional: 1. Venus (the natural ruler of love and marriage) should be in direct motion, and dignified. 2. A waxing and dignified Moon is always nice; a trine or sextile between the Sun and Moon (natural rulers of the couple) is also very nice to have, but again, not always possible. 3. The ruler of the 1st house (which represents the couple) should be strong and well dignified. 4. Fixed angles, particularly a Fixed rising sign will tend to make the marriage last. This is not always a good thing--fixed angles in a wedding chart can make a divorce a long and drawn-out thing. Mutable angles allow for more flexibility and change; Cardinal angles allow for the easiest dissolution of the marriage (but in no way indicate that a relationship won’t succeed). 5. If children are desired, fortify the 5th house and the ruler of the 5th house. A dignified Moon in a fertile sign will also help here. If the couple does not want children, then barren signs on the 5th and for the ruler of the 5th are ideal. 6. The 4th house will reflect the home environment; the 10th the professional environment (important if the couple will be working together); the 7th friends and enemies of the couple. 7. The couple’s finances are represented by the 2nd House. Again, there is no such thing as a perfect chart! Before doing a Wedding electional, it’s important to prioritize what the most important things are to the couple (children? communication? health? business relationships?); given enough time to work with, it’s usually possible to get the top two or three factors well represented. If the general chart is truly blah, then it’s time to work closely with the specific charts. Good aspects to and between Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Part of Fortune and Venus can make all of the difference in the world; and it’s usually possible to get at least one or two nice connections between the elected chart and the individual natal charts. I did some very, very preliminary research on the condition of Venus in marriage charts, and while the early results didn’t seem to show any relationship between how strong Venus was and how long the marriage lasted, what did seem to show some interesting results was the Hyleg and the Alcochoden of the charts. When all else fails, get the Sun in the 10th or 11th houses (late morning/early afternoon usually), or pick a time when the Moon is in an Earth or Water sign, and get the moon in an Angular or Succedant house. (See Chapter 6 for more detailed information on the Hyleg and the Alcochoden.) I’ll end with my standard disclaimer about relationships: any relationship can work provided the two individuals are committed enough to each other and to the relationship. A less-than-perfect wedding chart will not make or break a relationship. But there’s nothing wrong with picking a time for a marriage that supports and reinforces the couple’s goals, either.