As Promising as it Sounds?
© 1998 Terri McCartney, all rights reserved
Part of fortune What is the Part of Fortune?
It certainly has an intriguing name. Most of us have
our dreams; that pot-of-gold that we seek.
And to the astrological community, that is exactly what the Part of
Fortune indicates: the 'pot-of-gold' that is
waiting at the end of our own personal rainbows. The key is to understand
that the pot-of-gold referred to here manifests as what best serves
the purpose and evolution of our soul, not our
The Part of Fortune is a sensitive point in the chart
derived from the positions of the Sun, Moon, and
Ascendant. The Part of Fortune is one of many such 'parts' or points but
the most widely used of the group. Astrologers
refer to such 'parts' as Arabic Parts. These parts were developed
during the Middle Ages in Arabia. All of the Arabic Parts express
the relationships of both distance and direction
between other sensitive points in the chart and each is derived from three
points in a horoscope.
The Part of Fortune is considered to be a most
beneficial point in the chart. If you have a copy of
your natal chart, the Part of Fortune looks like a circle with an
"x" in it. The house in which it is positioned
in the horoscope is said to represent the area in which our endeavors are
most likely to be auspicious. These are usually
endeavors that we are naturally drawn to without really
understanding why. The sign that the Part of Fortune is in
indicates the best approach to those endeavors
as indicated by the house location. The sign where our natal Part of
Fortune is placed represents traits that, if
developed, bring us benefits and/or happiness. The key to accessing the
Part of Fortune, is best said in one word: cultivation. We must
cultivate the traits and learn about the affairs
of the house that the Part of Fortune falls in to access its benefits.
The fortune indicated by this part is not necessarily
materialistic or even tangible, though it can
be. It depends on the sign and house location of the Part of Fortune. The
benefit can be on the physical, intellectual,
emotional, and/or spiritual plane of experience. In all cases it is
through the cultivation and expression of this
point that one will experience harmony and a sense of
As I mentioned above, all of the Arabic parts are
derived from three other sensitive points in the
horoscope. In the case of the Part of Fortune, these three points are the
Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. The Sun, Moon, and
Ascendant are the foundation of the human personality. The
sign rising at our birth, (the sign on our Ascendant), describes
both our physiology and personality. The
Ascendant is the self as it is expressed to the outer world. The sign that
our natal Sun is in at the moment of our birth
describes our core self. Just as the Sun is in the center
of the solar system, so does our Sun sign describe the center of
the human personality and our vital life force.
Our Sun sign represents our personal sense of a unique self with a
distinct identity. The sign that the Moon is in
at our birth describes our emotional nature. In addition, the
moon represents our habitual response patterns and conditioned or
instinctual reactions to the circumstances of
our lives. It is because the Part of Fortune is derived from these three
very significant points that it represents that
place in the horoscope where one's fortune will be
realized if we cultivate its gifts and refuse to compromise our
authentic self. Ultimately, the Part of Fortune
represents our inner sense of abundance because it encompasses the major
triad that represents the self (the Sun, Moon
and Ascendant). Because the Part of Fortune is dependent
upon how an individual integrates and uses the Sun, Moon and
Ascendant, the fortune received will depend upon
how well we balance the personal expression of these three factors.
The Part of Fortune is not only in a particular sign
and house in the horoscope, it can also form
angular relationships with (or aspect) other planets and points in the
chart. These linkages provide information about
how to cultivate the Part of Fortune. In addition, you are likely to
have a strong reaction to someone who's own natal planets make
contact with the Part of Fortune in your chart.
Additionally, the Part of Fortune is sensitive to transits and
progressions. However, I'll save these
discussions for another time. For now, let's just take a look at what the
Part of Fortune in particular signs and houses indicates.
IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that the Part of Fortune
is just one factor comprising the whole of any
birth chart. While the descriptions given below are insightful, to achieve
a full understanding of the Part of Fortune
dynamics (or any other factor of the chart) its symbolism
must be combined with all of the other factors in the birth chart.
Interpreting the Part of Fortune
Read the description of the Part of Fortune in the
signs and then combine this with the
descriptions that follow for its house placement.
The Part of Fortune in the Signs
Cultivate courage, inspiration and patience. You have
an abundance of energy and need outlets of
activity--focus your energy and you self-determine your life! Your joy is
found in courageously taking up challenges and
leaping over obstacles. Your gifts are a keen focus and the ability to
see your direction clearly. Trust your intuition.
Seek that which abides but is not necessarily tangible.
Like peace. Delve into the usefulness of all
things and construct a solid foundation, for your joy is based on the
ability to build and sustain. Your gift is
patience and the ability to experience peace no matter what is going on
Your joy is found in indulging your curiosity. Have fun
with life, let it WOW you on a regular basis.
Cultivate versatility, flexibility and freedom of movement. Cultivate your
unique sense of humor. Live fully in the moment,
unrestrained by the judgments of your mind.
Cultivate gentleness and nurturance. Experience the joy
of nurturing others and being nurtured.
Remember your innocence and the innocence of others.Your greatest joy is
derived from experiencing the process of giving
birth--be this a birth of a child, a business, a creative exercise,
an idea/vision, or anything that did not exist before you invested
your energy into its becoming.
Cultivate enthusiasm, generosity, and optimism. Focus
on self-mastery for you will find joy inbeing a source of inspiration for
others. You understand that everyone must find their own path
and therefore you lead by example and walk your talk. You give for
the sheer joy of giving, without any expectation
for a return. There can be great achievements that result from the
focused direction of your abundant creative energy.
Cultivate discrimination, logical analysis, and
tolerance. You're most happy when your
environment is orderly. Your greatest joy is derived from knowing that
your life is functioning
efficiently. You know better than to allow little things to pile up
and become extra baggage you carry from the past
into the future.
Cultivate diplomacy, balance, and grace. You understand
how to create win-win situations. Your joy is
found in knowing that you belong. Your gift is the ability to maintain
equilibrium in a dualistic world and to feel at
one with all.
Cultivate efficiency, ambition, and organization. Your
joy is found by stripping away the outer layers
of experiences and getting to the core. A life lived without pretense is
the ultimate benefit. Your gifts are a
keen perception, penetrating insight, and a fearlessness of the unknown.
Cultivate openness, honesty, directness, and an
understanding of natural law.You are not afraid
to take risks and try your luck because you know whatever comes, it will
be an adventure and you'll learn something from
the experience. It is quite possible that your greatest fortune is found
in places far from your home.
Cultivate responsibility, patience, perseverance and
practicality. Your greatest joy will be derived
from observing your progress through life and seeing it take a form and
structure that will outlive you. Your gift is
that you understand what it means to be the master of your own
destiny. You will allow nothing to prevent you from manifesting
what you know to be possible.
Cultivate objectivity, originality, and
humanitarianism. Your gift is your unconventionality and
ability to understand that difference is neutral. For you, one
thing doesn't have to be better or worse than
another. You are not bound by convention. Rejoice in your own uniqueness
and that of others.
Cultivate compassion, faith, and your imagination and
experience the joy of rowing gently, gently,
gently down the stream of life. You know all is one for you are able to
transcend the finite. You are naturally attuned
to spirit and know the bless of being one with all.
Part of Fortune in the Houses
Your joy will come from trusting in your own unique
approach to life and acting independently.
Cultivate self-sufficiency and self-determination. You are the master of
your destiny! Your ultimate fortune is in
expressing the wholeness of your one self.
Your joy will come from manifesting what you truly
value. But first you will have to discover what
that is. You will know it because you will cultivate that which is
precious and abides. You can be blessed
materially if your endeavors reflect your sincere values.
Your joy is in communication and information
processing. You are gifted with the ability to
think clearly and to make communication a work of art. You may be a gifted
teacher or writer. Cultivate non-judgment
and good listening skills.
Your greatest joy will come from nurturing beginnings.
You understand the need to nourish the seeds and
allow time for gestation. Cultivate a strong inner foundation from which
you can give birth to all your creative
endeavors. Your fortune might involve your family or birth or in finding
your soul tribe.
Your joy is in your personal creations--all that is
created is an outgrowth of your awareness of
self. Your gift is the ability to manifest your dreams. You've heard the
saying, be careful what you wish for? It applies
to you. Cultivate all forms of your unique creative self-expression.
Your fortune will come from putting your energy into that which
makes your heart dance.
Your joy is derived from the efficient use of your time
and energy. You're happiest when everything is
in order: the bills are paid on time, the garbage is taken out, and the
dishes are clean. Cultivate discrimination and a
service-orientation. You may experience fortune
in finding meaningful work or experiencing good
physical health throughout your life.
Your greatest joy comes from creating genuine harmony
in relationship. You have an innate sense of
win-win diplomacy. Cultivate balance within your self and gift this world
with that inner harmony. Others will either
highlight your path to fortune or bring your fortune to you.
Your greatest joy comes from transformation and
rebirth. You experience joy each time you
release that which is no longer necessary. Cultivate intimacy and sharing.
You understand what it means to be the
Phoenix--that death is just one experience within the cycle leading to
Your joy is derived from the discovery of your personal
truth. You are a perpetual student of life on a
quest to experience all there is to experience. Cultivate tolerance and an
openness to all ways of viewing the world. You
recognize that each of us is simultaneously both
teacher and student. Your fortune may be derived
in your travels or in embracing that which was once foreign
Your joy is derived from your indomitable integrity of
being and your tenacious refusal to be
sidestepped from your goals. You see reality for what it is and live your
life as if reality were as you know it ought to
be. Cultivate sensitivity, playfulness, and
acceptance. Your fortune will be derived from
the respect you earn for walking your talk without compromise.
Your joy is derived from realizing your dreams and
cultivating abiding friendships. You honor that
people come together to celebrate their personal and mutual becoming.
Cultivate openness to the unconventional and
unique. Your fortune is in the realization that freedom is not an
illusion: it is our birthright. Astrology might
provide fortunate guidance for you.
Your joy is derived from a loving relationship with
your inner self and experiencing unity with All.
You need periods of solitude and a sanctuary that you can call your own.
You might have a strong affinity with music.
Cultivate compassion and forgiveness. Your great fortune is in the
realization that wherever you are, you are always home and