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ARABIC PARTS

Arabic or Arabian parts or lots, have been used in astrology for centuries although most have now fallen into disuse. The only part commonly calculated today is the Part of Fortune or Fortuna. It is a point of the chart that is the same distance from the moon as the sun is from the ascendant. It is calculated by adding the positions of the moon and ascendant in absolute longitude and then subtracting the position of the sun. All Arabic parts are calculated by a formula of addition of two points and subtraction of a third point. Some even have more than one formula.

I use a simplistic method to calculate the parts that can be worked to include the minutes if you want to, or just used to give basic degree indication. Here it is:

Each sign consists of 30 degrees; 12 signs = 360 degrees. Starting with the Aries point of 0 degrees Aries each sign consists of the degrees as follows on the table below.

As an example (using rounded degrees for simplicity) my Part of Fortune goes like this: ASCENDANT at 23 degrees Leo + MOON at 2 degrees Aquarius - SUN at 2 degrees Aries

which translates using the sign degrees as: 143 + 302 - 2 = 443

If the total is OVER 360, then deduct 360, which in my case gives a final total of 83 which translates to 23 degrees Gemini. If the total for the first two points is less than the third, then add 360.

 

Some of the parts have their formula reversed if it is a night-time chart. The reversal of the formula applying to PM births is only applicable if in the chart the Sun is BELOW the horizon (Ascendant/Descendant line). When Ptolemy wrote his book of astrology in the second century AD he wrote that the Part of Fortune and the Part of Spirit do not reverse their formula.

 

A table of formulas for some of the more useful Arabic Parts is on the next page. Please use the link up the top right of this page for the Table of Formulas. 

If you prefer not to calculate the parts for yourself there is an online calculator that will do it for you: Calculator

 

To find out more about the Arabic Parts, this website may be of interest: Libracentre - Arabic

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Sign

Degrees

Sign

Degrees

Aries

0-29

Libra

180-209

Taurus

30-59

Scorpio

210-239

Gemini

60-89

Sagittarius

240-269

Cancer

90-119

Capricorn

270-299

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120-149

Aquarius

300-329

Virgo

150-179

Pisces

330-359

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