CARTER'S PREDICTION OF MARRIAGE
"Our general view is that marriage will occur when Venus,
by one-degree measure, forms an aspect to the lord, occupant, or
cusp of the seventh house; or receives an aspect from one of them"
(Symbolic Directions in Modern Astrology page 57)
The above was written in the 1920s, but it is clear that these
directions will show a time when the opportunity for marriage is
in force, whether or not it is taken up. Another rider - and this
again is Carter's own - first look at the overall condition of the
natal chart as regards "marriageability" before rushing
For an early marriage "between 19 and 25," Carter says:
"the 7th house will be configured favourably... (with)... good
aspects to the ruler, occupant, or cusp from the Sun, Venus, Mars,
Marriages "between 25 and 30," "we usually
find some Saturnian action affecting the 7th. Saturn, even well
configured, delays marriage".
Late marriages "from 30 onwards," "we shall
find severe afflictions to the 7th house".
Perhaps his most controversial rule, which admittedly does not
always hold water in these days of easier marriages and divorces,
is that there will be no marriage at all for a woman who has the
Sun "closely configured with Saturn", nor for a man with
the Moon and Saturn closely configured.
"Venus afflicted by Saturn may delay marriage but by no means
necessarily forbids it. Violent afflictions to the 7th denote varied
and possibly tragic experiences, but do not indicate celibacy".
CARTER'S HOUSE SYSTEM
Charles Carter's views on the various different astrological house
systems can be found in Chapter 8 of Essays on the Foundations
of Astrology. In this passage, titled "Problems of the
Houses" he also introduced a new house system of his own. For
those who may be interested in tinkering with technical details
The Poli Equatorial House System is derived as follows:
"...the houses are demarcated by circles passing through the
celestial poles and dividing the equator into twelve equal arcs,
the cusp of the 1st house passing through the ascendant.
This system, therefore, agrees with the natural rotation of the
heavens and also produces, as the Ptolemaic does not, distinctive
cusps for each house, capable of receiving individually their own
Since the relation between equator and ecliptic is constant at any
one time over the whole earth, one set of tables can be used for
the whole world.
...Such a set of tables can easily be constructed. The ascendant
must be found in the usual way and with the usual tables; it is
then stated in terms of right ascension by means of the tables given
in all books that treat of primary directions, and to it is added
thirty degrees of right ascension for each successive cusp. These
data must then be restated in terms of celestial longitude."
copy of the tables. [384K PDF file]
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