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The Long-Forgotten Key of Prediction
Arabic Parts of the Horoscope

By Dr. Andrew Dutta

Arabic Parts are not usually used these days by the astrologers. The reasons are many. Indian astrologers, Indian astrology books, and Indian astrology schools do not use them, teach them or talk about them. Because they are Arabic. Generations of astrologers never got an opportunity to study, understand and apply this simple, powerful and effective technique.

Curtis Manwaring1 writes "Greek lots (also known as Arabic parts) are sensitive points in a birth chart, based upon the positions of the planets at birth, and the ascendant (with a few exceptions). The theory is that the planets in the heavens signify the more general circumstances that exist in the world at any given moment in time. What makes these planetary relationships unique to the individual is the way the individual exists in them, in relation to their ascending degree and sign. In essence, the lots are a tool that help the cosmic soul see how a relationship formed in the heavens applys to an individual through the use of analogy. For example, the cosmic soul says, for instance (lot of father), I know what the relationship of fatherhood is in the heavens; it is like the relationship between Saturn and the Sun. The distance between them is the implied relationship. So if the native is like the Sun, place the Sun on the ascendant and the distance between the Sun/Asc to where Saturn falls out in relation to the Sun is like the relationship the native has to his father. Another way of stating this is: "As Saturn is to the Sun, so too is the father to the native". The same principle extends to the other lots.

Creation of Arabic Parts

Arabic Parts are created by using three points in an Astrology chart, which are usually planets, celestial bodies, angles, house cusps and dispositors (ruling planet of a sign where a different planet is located). To calculate an Arabic Part, the measurements of the points are converted from a range of 0 degrees 0 minutes and 1 second to 29 degrees 59 minutes and 59 seconds per sign to a range of 0 degrees to 360 degrees; 0 degrees is at 0 degrees Aries. For example; 15 degrees Gemini becomes 75 degrees. The degrees, minutes and seconds for two points are added together; then the degrees, minutes and seconds for the third point is subtracted from the total to create a location for the Arabic Part. If the total number after the third point has been subtracted is a minus number(for example - 5 degrees 3 minutes 23 seconds) the degrees, minutes and seconds can be subtracted from 360 degrees, to create the location for the Arabic Part.

The Wikipedia source tells us about the controversial source of the Arabic Parts2. “It states “The lots are a very ancient astrological technique which can be traced back to pre-Hellenistic sources. Their origin is obscure; they could originally be Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian, Magian, Persian or Hermetic, but by the time of Dorotheus of Sidon in the first century A.D. (and probably earlier) they had become an established tenet of Hellenistic astrological practice. áOne of the best informational sources for the lots is the Introduction to astrology by fourth-century astrologer Paulus Alexandrinus and the Commentary on this work by sixth-century philosopher Olympiodorus the Younger. Paulus used a dozen or so major lots for almost every aspect of his analysis. The most important of these were the Lot of Fortune (or Part of Fortune) and its complement, the Lot of Spirit. After the fall of the Roman Empire, all of the classical legacy, including astrology, fell to the Abbasid Arabs and Persians.
Arab astrologers translated sources from Greek and produced many of their own astrologers, who wrote a considerable amount in Arabic on astrology. Although it is not clear whether the number of lots began to proliferate in late Antiquity or whether it was purely the product of the fascination the Arabs had for them, Arabic manuscripts show an explosion in the number of lots that were used over the next several centuries. The inordinate increase is noted by the Arab commentators themselves. In The Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology, Persian astrologer Abu Ma’Shar (787-886) describes no less than 55 lots, although it’s clear that these are only the ones he considers significant. This count does not even include all of the lots of Paulus. Beginning in the tenth Century, many Arabic manuscripts were translated into Latin, becoming the means by which Classical astrology found its way back to Europe. Medieval astrologers, most notably the major 13th-Century Italian, Guido Bonatti, a contemporary of Dante, assumed it was the Arabs who originated the concept of the lots, and hence they came eventually to be called the “Arabic parts”. By the time of William Lilly, only the Lot of Fortune continued to be used by astrologers, although in a manner that would be considered strange by ancient practitioners. Lilly’s methods with what he called “Fortuna” have continued in modern astrology, although rarely used and usually misunderstood. The Lot of Fortune mainly appears today in horary practice.”

Actually, Arabic Parts are based on an algebraic formula: A + B - C = D in which A, B, C and D are planets, bodies (the Sun, Moon, Pluto, angles (Ascendant, MC, IC, Descendant) or other (sensitive) points (the Parts, the Moon’s Node, the Black Moon, solstice points).
An Arabic Part is a planetary picture or the reflection of planetary geometry (called by other astrological schools like Magi Astrology). The method is very old, possibly thousands of years old, and nobody really knows yet where and when it originated.It’s, among others, thanks to Al-Biruni, a medieval Islamic astrologer who collected the Parts, that we still know this method. Because the method may have been used by the Arabs, the parts are named “Arabic or Arabian Parts.” Sometimes, they are also called “Lots” (Lot of Fortune or Part of Fortune is the most well known or the most popular one to the astrologers).The most well-known Part is the Part of Fortune (which we also use, because it’s based on one’s personal bodies/points: Ascendant, Sun and the Moon). We do change the formula at night though, because research of many hundreds of years has convinced the astrologers that this brings more reliable results.
Here is a list of a few Arabian/Arabic Parts described in one of the numerous articles, written by the French scholar Patrice Guinard.áSometimes, over 150 Parts were used.The calculation should be different for diurnal charts (with the Sun above the horizon, i.e. the Ascendant-Descendant axis) and for nocturnal charts (with the Sun below the horizon).áAccording to Paul of Alexandria, Parts in diurnal charts are calculated as follows (for nocturnal charts, the + and - signs are to be reversed):
  • Part of Fortune for diurnal charts = ASC + Moon - Sun (the position of the Moon at sunrise). This is the basic formula.
  • Part of Fortune for nocturnal charts = ASC - Moon + Sun (the position of the Moon at sunrise). This is the advanced formula: the Part of Fortune is different for nocturnal charts.
  • Part of Spirit (Demon) = ASC + Sun - Moon (the reverse of the preceding formula: the position of the Sun when the Moon rises)
1 From Lecture, notes taken at Robert Schmidt's workshop in Hellenistic astrology in Cumberland, July 2000. He says that the analogy is necessary, because events in the heavens do not immediately apply to an individual's life, but are much larger than the individual, and that it would be hubris to think otherwise.This is standard doctrine, according to many sources for the lot of fortune. It is not as clear in the case of the other lots if they can also be horoskopai.Vettius Valens, Hellenistic astrology, Anthology, Bk II approx. 160 A.D. ę 1994 Robert Schmidt, through Project Hindsight, Published by
The Golden Hind Press. See Bk. 2, pt. 1, pg. 42
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  • Part of Eros = ASC + Venus - Part of Spirit = Venus + Moon - Sun (the position of Venus when the Moon and the Sun are in conjunction)
  • Part of Victory = ASC + Jupiter - Part of Spirit = Jupiter + Moon - Sun
  • Part of Necessity = ASC + Part of Fortune - Mercury
  • Part of Courage = ASC + Part of Fortune - Mars
  • Part of Nemesis (Justice, Fairness) = ASC + Part of Fortune - Saturn
  • Part of the Father= ASC + Saturn - Sun (nocturnal charts: invert)
  • Part of the Mother= ASC + Moon - Venus (nocturnal charts: invert))
  • Part of Siblings= ASC + Jupiter - Saturn (= nocturnal charts)
  • Part of Children= ASC - Jupiter + Saturn (= nocturnal charts))
  • Part of Marriage (man) = ASC + Venus - Saturn (= nocturnal charts)
  • Part of Marriage (woman) = ASC - Venus + Saturn (= nocturnal charts)
  • Part of Debt= ASC + Saturn - Mercury (= nocturnal charts)
  • Part of Foundation= ASC + Part of Fortune - Part of Spirit (= nocturnal charts)
  • Part of Thief = Saturn + Mars - Mercury (nocturnal charts, invert)
  • Part of Treachery= ASC + Mars - Sun (nocturnal charts, invert)
  • Part of Difficulty= ASC + Mars - Saturn (nocturnal charts, invert)
Modern Astrology Software and Case Studies.
In earlier days, astrologers had the time, inclination and the peace of mind to calculate the various Arabic Parts of a horoscope as per need. However, with the advent of modern computing devices and advanced technology like Artificial Intelligence enabled astrology softwares, the astrologers’ life have become less tedious in calculation and more quality-driven in prediction. One such Artificial Intelligence enabled software for the first time in the world history of KP system astrology is the Light of KP Astrology with automatic predictive capacity. It also has a unique Arabic Parts calculation engine and a special reporting facility that provided a unique predictive quotient to the astrologer.
We will now use a number of a well-known Case-studies and hone our skills of Arabic parts with the Light of Of KP Astrology Software (LOKPA)3. áAll the charts have been taken from Astrodatabank 65000+ charts that are integrated into the LOKPA software for doing research also, along with doing KP system of astrology. All charts have been sorted with the software for Rodden’s AA rating.

Case Study 1

Case Study 1

Arabic Parts can also show a lot of positive and fortunate events such as wealth, sudden rises in life, gain in fortune etc. Here we are looking at some such Arabic Parts like Immense Finances & Wealth (Asc+Ven-Mer), Sudden Advancement in Life (Asc+Fortuna-Saturn) and taking up one chart as below.
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French actress,ásinger, dancer, and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. Bardot was an aspiring ballerina in her early life. She started her acting career in 1952. She achieved international recognition in 1957 for her role in the controversial film ‘And God Created Woman’. Bardot caught the attention of French intellectuals. She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1959 essay, The Lolita Syndrome, which described Bardot as a “locomotive of women’s history” and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France. She later starred in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Le Mépris. For her role in Louis Malle’s 1965 film Viva Maria! Bardot was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress. From 1969 to 1978, Bardot was the official face of Marianne (who had previously been anonymous) to represent the liberty of France.
As we can see in the Arabic Parts Table above, Sudden Advancement part is conjoined with the 7tháhouse of Brigette that relates with people and other persons. Brigette was always catapulted into fame (sometimes for wrong reasons) because of her movies and her interaction with other people. In fact, after retiring, she became an Animal Rights Activist. During the 2000s, she generated controversy by criticizing immigration and Islam in France and has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred.
Observe her Arabic Part of Immense Finances and Wealth with the 11tháhouse of income and success showing her great riches and wealth she has accumulated over the years through her work and multiple marriages and partnerships.

Case Study 2

Case Study 2

The next birth chart is that of Francis Ford Coppola, an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer. His directorial prominence was cemented with the release in 1972 of The Godfather, a film which revolutionized movie-making in the gangster genre, earning praise from both critics and the public before winning three Academy Awards—including his second Oscar (Best Adapted Screenplay, with Mario Puzo), Best Picture, and his first nomination for Best Director.Coppola was born in Detroit, Michigan, to father Carmine Coppola (1910–1991),a flautist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and mother Italia Coppola (1912–2004). Coppola is the middle of three children. Born into a family of Italian immigrant ancestry, his paternal grandparents came to the United States from Bernalda, Basilicata.
As the above chart shows, lord of fortune, Mercury is debilitated and retrograde, which cancels debilitation but gives late rise in life. A very important feature in this horoscope in the perspective of Arabic Parts is the Arabic Part Sudden Advancement and Rise in Life. Both these parts are in the 4tháhouse. Rise in Life is associated with Ketu, which is again in the 4tháhouse. Movies and films are related with the 4tháand 5tháhouse. And Directorship is seen from the sign Aries and the 10tháhouse as it is a leadership role. Here both the AP are in the 4tháhouse of films and movies, in the sign Aries. Note, the AP Rise in Life is 180 opposition to the 10tháhouse. Isn’t that simple?

Case Study 3

Case Study 3

Now We will specifically choose Birth horoscopes of those, who have died through accidents, calamity and sudden death.This is the Birth horoscope of the famous Princess Diana,áwho died in a car crash with Dodi al- Fayad in a tunnel in Paris on 31stáAugust 1997. Could such a kind of fatality be predicted from the chart? The answer is a clear yes. Look at the Arabic Part report, which shows that the two luminaries Sun for soul and Moon for after-life are in 1 degree conjunction with the Arabic parts Death and Disaster (Asc+8H – Moon) and Catastrophe (Asc+Ura-Sun). Sun (the karaka for soul) is in the natural 3rdásign of Gemini, denoting car. Her quality of marriage is also clear as seen by the Arabic part of Marriage in close conjunction to Ketu, the great exit point of all energies.

Case Study 4

Case Study 4

This Birth chart is of the famous singer Carlos Gardel,áwho died in a plane crash on 24 June 1935 in Medellin, Colombia. Is this apparent in the chart in a single glance. Obviously not. But when we use the correct Arabic Parts with the right formula setting, we immediately get to see the forewarning. See the Table below for Carlos.
We can clearly see that the Arabic Part of Death and Disaster is conjoined with his 6tháhouse. Note the 6tháhouse has fallen in the airy sign of Aquarius and Carlos died in air crash. Is it mere coincidence? May be not, when we calculate the Arabic Parts and check in the horoscope.

This write-up is just the tip of the iceberg. A lot more can be done with Arabic Parts or lots with the horoscope and seeing their close conjunctions with planets and houses. When two Arabic Parts conjoin together, a completely new picture emerges. So many ways are there to read a horoscope and there are so many beautiful tools that are available to an astrologer. But it will also require modern tools. Just like, now-a-days, we don’t find doctors who will keep their ears on the patient’s chest but use a stethoscope, and it has come to the extent of advanced digital Xray machines to say the least, gone are those days of astrological software tools which were merely Table and Chart calculators. Advanced astrological tools will give the power in the hands of the astrologers to make beautiful predictions for which astrology was originally designed.
Arabic Parts by being conjoined to the planet and/or to a house gives out the direct effect of the 3 values of which it is made up of. It shows the point of release of an action in the life of the individual. áThe Dasa-Bhukti-Anthra along with the transits will show some prominent picture of hit with the Arabic Part and the timing can be worked out for that particular life-event, promised in the horoscope.

2. Robert Zoller. The Arabic Parts in Astrology. (Inner Traditions International, Rochester Vermont, 1980, 1989.) ISBN 0-89281-250-8
3. Anthony Louis. Horary Astrology: The History and Practice of Divination. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 1991.
4. Manwaring, Curtis. Finding the Hyleg and Alchocoden: Research in Life Expectancy. Apotelesmatics / Zodiac-X-Files, 1998
5. Hermetica. Translated and edited by Walter Scott. London: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1968.
6. Software Used: Light of KP Astrology Software

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