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Wedding Date Tutorial: The Rules

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Here are my rules for wedding electional charts.There are many methods for doing this work, and other astrologers may disagree with my “rules.” All I can say is that this process has been refined through a survey of hundreds of charts over the past five years, and seems to work well. In addition, I am indebted to three sources: Marion March and Joan McEvers’ Only Way to Learn About Horary and Electional Astrology; Choosing a Good Time for a Wedding, by Estelle Daniels, The Mountain Astrologer 3/94; and the teachings of my first astrology teacher, Diane Ronngren.

Choosing the Date

  • NO VENUS Rx!
  • Must have a good approaching aspect between the Sun/Moon
  • Moon must NOT be void of course.
  • Moon MUST have good final aspect before going V.O.C.
  • Avoid Sun approaching square or opposition to Saturn.
  • Mercury should not be retrograde.
  • Venus should apply to good aspect, or be applied to by Moon or Mercury. Avoid hard aspects from Venus to malefics.
  • Avoid Moon in Aries, Scorpio, or Capricorn, unless very well-aspected.
  • Avoid Venus in Aries, Virgo, or Scorpio, unless very well-aspected.
  • Shoot for a good aspect between Venus and Mars
  • Moon waxing (between New Moon and Full Moon) is best, but in my opinion, not as important as a good Moon/Sun aspect.
  • Good applying Saturn aspect

Choosing the Time

  • Ruler of 1st MUST NOT be in hard aspect to ruler of 7th house
  • Keep malefics (Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) out of 7th
  • Keep Uranus out of 7th and out of adverse aspect with ruler of 7th, Venus, or planet in 7th.
  • Moon in 7th house or angular; or, Moon applying to beneficial planet in 7th (avoid Moon in 6/12).
  • Keep malefics off angles if at all possible
  • Ascendant: no fewer than 3, no more than 27 degrees rising
  • Fixed Ascendant is desirable
  • Moon good aspect to rulers of 4th and 10th
Here’s a form showing how well this tutorial succeeded in choosing dates that meet these criteria. Here is a blank form you can download for your own use.

Good luck!

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