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The following horoscope is that of an actress which was thrice married.
It will be noted that Venus, the ruler of the horoscopical Ascendant, is in the House of Contracts, supported by Jupiter in the same House.
The Sun is in sextile aspect to Saturn, but Saturn is afflicted by the quadrature of Uranus. After eloping with a man at the early age of 17 years, she was married to another man (Saturn in Sagittarius), but afterwards reverted and married the man with whom she had previously eloped. Her third marriage was contracted at the age of 46. The positions of Venus and Jupiter show the advantages arising from the several contracts, while the quadrature of the Moon and Neptune to these planets sufficiently indicates their evanescent nature and the reasons for their termination.
due to the influence of the planet Neptune in the House of Contracts are unfortunately too numerous to reproduce in detail, but the following is a typical instance.

The indications here are all in the direction of a disastrous union, for Neptune in the House of Contracts has the quadrature of the malefic planets Uranus and Mars, which are conjoined in the House of Honour, while the Moon, in conjunction with Mercury, has the quadrature of both Jupiter and Saturn. The chief position however, is that of Neptune, in quadrature to the malefic planets in elevation over all others in the horoscope, showing contracts that end in chaos and disaster and consequent hurt to the reputation. In this instance there was a sensational divorce owing to the wife eloping with another man.
Other cases of Neptune’s influence in the House of Contracts may be noted in this place. They serve to show how uniformly disastrous are the effects signified by this position of the planet Neptune.
11th July, 1869, at 10.40 a.m. Neptune in the house of Contracts. This woman left her husband 6 months after marriage owing to his infidelity.
17th June, 1856, at 11.30 a.m. Neptune in this case is exactly setting at the time of birth in quadrature to the Moon. The wife left him mysteriously and without any explanation or apparent cause, and has since been divorced.
17th January, 1877, at 11.30 p.m. Here Neptune is in the House of Contracts, and divorce followed as a consequence of infidelity.
11th May, 1856, at 2 p.m. This woman supported her husband for years and finally secured a divorce on the grounds of infidelity. Neptune in the House of Contracts.
24th September, 1857, at 5.46 a.m. Neptune on the cusp of the House of Contracts, which rendered them null and void. He had an unfortunate love affair and never married.
7th September, 1873, at 8 a.m. Here Neptune in the same position in the heavens worked to produce the same results, for after an unfortunate attachment to a married man, the project of marriage passed out of her life.
14th January, 1876, at 1.20 a.m. Here Neptune in the House of Contracts operated to produce a singular state of chaos in the marital life. Her first husband died 3 months
after marriage. She married again and divorced her second husband before she attained her 25th anniversary.
1st June, 1854, at 1 p.m. Neptune in the House of Contracts in quadrature to the Sun in the House of Separation. Her first husband proved to be a bigamist. She divorced her second husband and married a third time. Note Neptune is here in the double-bodied sign Pisces and in the house of Contracts, afflicting the Sun by square aspect.
FASCINATION is frequently the result of this position of the planet Neptune in the House of Contracts. Here is the horoscope of a man born 24th February, 1861, at 6 p.m. on the borders of Iowa, U.S.A.

Here it will be observed the planet Neptune in the seventh division of the heavens, which is the House of Contracts, or western angle, is in conjunction with Mercury,

the ruler of the rising sign Virgo. This conjunction of the two rulers resulted in the development of a remarkable passion for his own wife, falling “madly in love with her” after 10 years of association with her in home life.

Another instance of the same sort is that of a man born 5th December, 1862, at 12.30 a.m. The planet Neptune is in the House of Contracts in the beginning of the sign Aries. He separated from his wife several times but under the persuasion of the planet Neptune he invariably reverted and was again and again married to her. It will be noted that Neptune is in trine 120 degrees apart to Mercury, Mercury being in the beginning of Sagittarius and Neptune in the beginning of Aries. Mercury, the ruler of the rising sign Virgo, as in the previous instance, is here in good aspect to Neptune, but opposed to Saturn in the beginning of Libra. The latter position indicated the cause of disagreement, but the harmonious aspect of the two rulers, Mercury the ruler of the Ascendant and Neptune in the house of Contracts, invariably brought about a reunion.
One of the most remarkable horoscopes that come into view under marriage indications, is that of a male, who at the age of 35 was to have been married, but died on the eve of that event. The planet Jupiter, with Mercury, is rising in the sign Leo, followed by a conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Saturn in the same sign of the zodiac. Venus in the 19th degree of Cancer was opposed to Mars in the 19th of Capricorn. Uranus is in the 12th House, and Neptune in the 9th. No planet holds the House of Contracts, but the ruler, Saturn, afflicts both the Sun and Moon by its conjunction, and is in the sign of its greatest debility, Leo. Venus the ruler of love affairs is opposed by Mars, which rules the sign Scorpio which holds the House of Domesticity. From the position of the Moon and Saturn alone, any astrologer would have doubted the probability of marriage ever taking place, and in any event would not have regarded the marriage tie as secure, owing to the configuration of Venus and Mars.
There is little doubt from the position of the luminaries with Saturn in the sign Leo that heart failure was the cause of death, an effect brought on by great anxiety and nervous tension.
If we consider this man’s age at the time of his death, namely 35 years, and add that number of degrees to the place of the Sun we shall find it has arrived at Virgo 29.5 where it forms the exact opposition to the planet Neptune. Venus by the same process will have reached the place of the Sun, thus inducing to the project of marriage, but Mars will have reached Aquarius 24 and will be in direct opposition to the Sun, so that, with the Sun opposed to Neptune and Mars opposed to the Sun at that age, there could be little hope of affairs taking a normal course, and indeed something in the nature of a crisis or great misfortune would have reasonably been expected. What that misfortune was is readily seen when we add 35 degrees to the Midheaven and bring it to the 16th degree of the sign Taurus, for then the end of Leo is rising and the Moon with Saturn is conjoined with the Ascendant of the progressed horoscope. It would be obvious that an extremely critical time would occur in the life when the planet Saturn rose with the Moon, and this would be immediately calculated to happen at the age of 35 years, at which time it would be seen also that the Sun met with opposition of Neptune, and that Mars at the same time opposed the Sun, so that, quite apart from the radical portents of unhappiness in the event of marriage, it would have been considered most inopportune to have set that project on foot at the fatal age of 35 years. But the stars very clearly show what weight of anxiety and self-commiseration lay at this man’s heart at that time, and it is only due to the simultaneous conjunction of Venus with the Sun at the same time that the consideration of marriage entered in the scheme of things.
FINAL REMARKS on this all-important question of marriage appear to be needed, in order to summarise the considerations which enter into the problem.
It has been shown that the Moon’s position and aspects in the case of a male horoscope are of chief importance, and similarly those of the Sun in a female geniture. It has been shown that when the Sun and Moon are harmoniously configurated in a horoscope of birth by being two signs or four signs apart, and therefore in sextile or trine aspect to one another, or even in conjunction when well aspected by the chief planets, there will be harmony and happiness in the marital life.
On the other hand, when the luminaries are in quadrature or opposition, or in conjunction and badly aspected, there will be discord and trouble. The factor that lies at the root of this matter of agreement or disagreement seems to be the power of adaptation to environment, with that degree of complacence, toleration and persuasiveness which are characteristics of any person born under luminaries that are harmoniously configurated. The absence of this power of adaptation is the chief cause of that “incompatibility of temperament” which not infrequently terminate in the Divorce Court. Unless, therefore, a person has it in his nature to make concessions and to observe patience and tolerance towards his partner, if nothing further than this, he should not think to wreck the happiness of another for his own selfish ends. If he wants a servant he can get one for a hiring wage, but if he wants a friend and companion in life with whom he can share his happiness and good fortune and to whom he can turn for advice in times of difficulty, and consolation in times of trouble, he must be prepared to give of his substance and powers in a joyful and generous spirit, full measure and brimming over.
There are, however, other considerations which lie at the root of this matter and which largely control the disposition towards marriage or celibacy. We find them in the positions and aspects of the planets Venus (in the male horoscope) and Mars (in the female horoscope). When these planets, respectively, are seen to be weak and afflicted by the conjunction or malefic aspects of Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, or Mars and Venus in quadrature or opposition to one another, there will be difficulties, dangers and sorrows in love affairs prior to marriage, and these affections of the planets Venus and Mars will have their effects upon the married life, for even if they do not directly lead to the tragedy of marriage in such cases, they constitute a more or less highly-coloured background to the scheme of domestic life and frequently tincture love’s nepenthe with their insidious poison, so deeply rooted in the memory are all the motives of action.
In Lord Byron’s horoscope we find Venus in conjunction with Saturn, and the Moon in conjunction with Uranus, opposed to Mars and in quadrature to Neptune, which sufficiently account for the experiences of the famous author of “Don Juan”.
In the horoscope of the famous Theosophical leader, Madame Blavatsky, the planet Mars is in close conjunction with Saturn, the Moon in quadrature to Neptune, and the Sun in opposition to Uranus. She was born in South Russia at Ekaterinaslav on the 31st July (O.S.) in the year 1831, and was the daughter of Colonel Peter Hahn. A mariage de convenance was entered into when she was only 17 years of age, and was followed by immediate revolt, the young bride leaving her husband on the day of marriage and engaging in travel for a period of 10 years, her subsequent adventures being related in detail by the late Mr. A. P. Sinnett n his “Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky”. Here the incident of Saturn’s conjunction with Mars, and that of the Sun separating from the opposition of Uranus, is the Astrological explanation of the remarkable experience of “marriage” in this case.
The affliction of the planet Mars in a woman’s horoscope or of Venus in a man’s is often quite sufficient indication that marriage will be full of problems, and very often is a bar to marriage, and more especially when Saturn (the author of privation and denial) is the afflicting planet. Uranus afflicting leads to romances and broken engagements. Neptune has a more insidious influence and may even induce to sex perversion or nebulous relations with the opposite sex. Mars afflicting Venus stimulates the passions and leads to irregularities and sometimes to unbridled license and dissipation.
All these considerations having been taken into account, we can draw a very accurate idea of the probabilities inherent in the marriage state of any person. We have to remember that we are what we are by reason of what we have been. Birth is not nearly such an accidental affair as most people imagine. The conclusion to which we are forced after a study of the Chaldean science for many years, during which every kind of experience has come under observation and study, is that either the planetary configurations at birth determine character and destiny, or that it is impossible for a person possessed of certain inherent characteristics to be born under planetary conditions which do not express that character. This presumes upon the argument for pre-existence and makes of every individual the “reaper of the things he sowed”, a far more logical and humanly just belief than that which considers the soul as having existence for the first and only time when it is pitchforked into the maelstrom of life, without any measure of choice. The Astrological belief is that a person is born into this world when the cosmical conditions are such as to syntonize with the mass-chord of vibrations due to the individual soul by reason of its nature. It is a doctrine which is both logical and humane and it certainly serves to account for the otherwise inexplicable misfortune which some men and women experience in the several affairs of life and in none more acutely than in an ill-assorted marriage contract.
Thus while the law recognises that certain persons are unable by reason of their divergent natures to live in harmony together, and affords means by which they may be separated on the grounds of incompatibility, and further provides the remedy of divorce on the grounds of infidelity, Astrology deals with the cause of the trouble, and going to the root of things, is able to show a just cause and impediment why certain persons should not be joined together in un-holy matrimony. It points to the fact that there is a heavy crop of tares and wild oats brought over from the past which have to be lived down or rooted up entirely before he can honestly offer himself as a candidate for the hand of any well-conditioned woman of virtue and integrity. It goes further and shows the remedy, for diagnosis is of little use without remedial treatment. It recognises the operation of the law of periodicity and determines the times at which the urge towards the expression of the lower nature is particularly intense. It does not proscribe marriage, but insists that a contract to be just and lasting must be equitable, and affords means whereby selectivity ensures the best possible conditions for such a contract to be made and the time at which it should be effected. In conclusion it may be said that there is no science which gives a deeper or more sympathetic understanding of many-sided human nature, or which penetrates more deeply into the subtle working of the mind, than the ancient and now widely recognised Science of the Stars.
SELECTIVITY is effected by a comparison of horoscopes of the proposed contracting parties. It is not sufficient merely to regard the indications given from either horoscope when taken by itself. One may show more or less unfortunate signals, the other may be everything that could be desired. No horoscope is perfect, Saturn is bound to get his hand in somewhere, and Mars also will thrust in a blade, while Neptune secretly saps and undermines in its allotted position, so that before a decision could be made in regard to the prospects of any two persons working amicably together in harness for a protracted period, a comparison of the two horoscopes would have to be made and the points of contact (rapport) and of conflict would at once show where the balance of influence might lie, whether for or against the project of marriage.
The Sun in a female horoscope on the place of Mars in a male horoscope is a strong point of attraction. Also Venus on the place of Mars in another horoscope is a powerful but not a lasting attraction. The malefic planets Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, being on the Ascendant, Midheaven, Sun or Moon in another horoscope, shows cause of offence and disagreement of a lasting nature. Incompatibility is shown by the quadrature of the luminaries or their opposition aspect in any two horoscopes. Thus with the Sun in Virgo 20 in a male horoscope, and the Moon in either Pisces, Gemini, or Sagittarius 20 in that of a female, such persons would not agree together in wedlock. It is most frequently found that in cases of discord and misfortune in marriage there is a powerful point of contact which draws the victims of this unhappy alliance together, and that there are other adverse indications existing between their horoscopes, which, after the first flush of marital life is over, begin to affect their lives and thus to bring about the effects to which the more potent indications induce.
Matrimony is after all but the response of human nature to the universal laws of polarity, of attraction and repulsion, of mutual interchange of vibrations. A body that is attracted to another is negative to it, and after attraction, becomes positively charged, and when saturation point is reached it is repelled. If marriage began and ended with this series of operations, there would be much misery in the world. True marriage is grounded in a deep sympathy and understanding which ahs no selfish ends to serve and no desire to satisfy that is not mutual. Friendship is the Divine basis of all pure human relationships, conjugality or cohabitation in the human-animal part of it, and amativeness is the merely physical aspect. All Nature springs forth in its due season and bears its leaf and flower and fruit, and having fruited, it begins to die down to its roots. In marriage relations if that root be a spiritual and intellectual friendship finding continual expression in sympathy and understanding, then without doubt it will outlive the varied assaults of any misfortunes that may happen. But without this grappling hook of tried friendship the connubial ship is almost sure to drift, and by sad fate may be broken on the rocks. The tree of human life is rooted in the soil of its mother earth, but its branches reach up towards heaven, whence also it receives its threefold benison of sunshine, air and rain, without which it cannot prosper


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