CARTER'S RULES FOR ELECTIONS
"In my own view there are four primary rules for all elections:
a) Fortify the Moon and ruler of the ascendant by sign, house and
b) On no account whatever have a malefic on an angle; on the contrary,
if possible get a benefic on the 1st or 10th cusp;
c) Fortify the house concerned and its rulers, natural and accidental;
d) Avoid violent aspects; wherever they fall, they are liable to
And it must be remembered that elections are not meant to substitutes
for such ordinary ingredients of success as hard work, common sense
and technical knowledge. What they should do is shield your enterprise
against what may be called sheer ill-luck."
(From an editorial in Astrology The Astrologer's Quarterly,
Volume 16, Number 2, dated May 16th, 1942).
CARTER'S DEGREE AREAS (LOCAL INFLUENCES)
Together with The Astrological Aspects, Carter's An Encyclopaedia
of Psychological Astrology is probably the most reprinted of
his books. For over 40 years The Astrological Aspects (1930)
was the only modern reference work on its subject, and while it
still holds its own today it is now only one amongst many others
available. An Encyclopaedia of Psychological Astrology however
remains unique. Listing alphabetically all manner of personality
traits (like candour, common sense, conceit, cruelty) and talents
(like sense of colour, clairvoyant faculties, creative powers) and
diseases (like cataracts, chills, colds, coughs, colitis) - these
examples are just some of the words found under 'C' - Carter proceeds
to explain their most likely astrological significators as he
has found through a study of relevant natal charts.
The results are often surprising and usually incredibly accurate,
and illustrate the revolutionary scientific method of Carter's work.
Instead of taking old astrological rules and trying to prove them
through example charts, he began with the charts themselves. If
investigating 'eczema' for example, he looked at the charts of those
who actually suffered from it, and tried to find a common astrological
factor. These findings he then recorded in his Encyclopaedia.
While these astrological signatures could be emphasising a particular
planet, or conjunction of planets, or aspect, angles, sign, or house,
there were also many degree areas that stood out as relevant for
various conditions. These he summed up at the back of the book in
zodiac order in three pages that have fascinated astrologers for
decades. It is from this list that the famous 'astrology degrees'
of 27° Leo-Aquarius and 11° Virgo-Pisces are mentioned.
(It may be enlightening to observe the antiscia in these degree
areas; 11+ Virgo-Pisces resonating with 18+ Aries-Libra, and 27+
Leo-Aquarius resonating with 2+ Taurus-Scorpio).
CARTER'S DEATH PREDICTION
Charles Carter had already devoted a chapter to "The Measure
of Death" in Symbolic Directions in Modern Astrology
(1929), stating ominously "only if death has little terror
for you ought you to study this chapter, for (though I make no boastful
claims and only wish to state what appear to be facts) I believe
that there is much to reveal."
However he wrote more specifically about his own expected demise
in a private letter dated August 1955 (quoted by John Addey in his
obituary to Carter):
"I confess I'd like to live to hear about man's first trip
to the Moon but this seems rather improbable. In 1968 my p.Moon
is conj. P.Sun and p.Mars, near rad. Moon and oppos. rad. Jupiter,
which seems to indicate a heavy strain; also at this time...the
whole family joins in with typical 'bereavement' directions! We
shall see; but as a good astrologer I feel I ought to place on record
my own forecast on this point! Uranus is also at this time on p.MC
and the commonest sign of death seems to be a malefic on an angle,
though of course this often happens without much effect on health."
(Carter died in October 1968, nine months before 'man's first trip
to the Moon')
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