I really, really like traditional astrology. Perhaps the reason behind it could be that my teacher also preferred traditional astrology and would often mention extra material to us.
I really liked the fact that astrology is so deep and wide, and it made so much sense. By examining the nature of the planets, we can easily divide them into different groups and one of those groups is a sect.
Sects I will talk about will be night and day sects and you will notice the logic behind it. Day sect is called diurnal and night sect is called of course nocturnal.
The word sect is a literal translation of the original Greek term for the concept, hairesis (αἵρεσις), which was used to refer to a philosophical “school” or a religious “sect”. It implies the notion of a group or faction of people who adhere to a specific doctrine.
Within the context of astrology, the doctrine of sect is used in order to divide the planets into two “teams” or “sects”. There is the daytime or diurnal sect which is led by the Sun, and then a nighttime or nocturnal team which is led by the Moon. The other traditional planets are then divided between the day and night sects, with Jupiter and Saturn joining the Sun as daytime planets, and the Venus and Mars joining the Moon as nighttime planets. Mercury is said to be neutral, and capable of joining either sect depending on certain conditions.
Traditionally it is said that planet who is in it’s own sect and luckily in it’s own sign or exaltation would achieve better results, but I would argue that only the way of delivery is different which doesn’t necessarily make it good or bad.
Day sect is lead by the Sun and night sect is lead by the Moon. Both sects have benefics and malefics on their team, but day sect does get both greater benefic Jupiter and greater malefic Saturn.
One may wonder how come Saturn is even a day planet? Well because Saturn’s nature is already dry and cold. Putting him below horizon or where he is not warmed by the Sun rays would only worsen him.
Same remedy could be applied to lesser malefic Mars. He is simply too hot and should be put below horizon or away from the Sun rays to lessen his intensity.
Let’s see what the scheme tells us.
DIURNAL or day planets:
NOCTURNAL or night planets
Both or neutral:
As always, Mercury stays neutral in the whole story, so it really doesn’t matter if your Mercury is above or below horizon.
If we were to apply this in one’s chart, we would have to ask questions like:
- Where is the Sun (diurnal planet), above or below horizon? (Horizon is that half line between ASC-DC in your chart, one that serparates your MC from your IC)
- Is the Moon, noctural planet above or below horizon?
and so on.
Let’s find some examples from Solar Fire database. For the start I will search for personas who have Sun above horizon, preferably in it’s rulership or exaltation.
By this we can definitely confirm that planets in their detriment or wrong sect are not necessarily bad. They just call for alternative solutions and probably harder work than planets in rulerships or their exaltation.
But you will notice if you study challenging planets (those in detriment, fall, in challenging aspects, wrong sect, planets that are singletones or unaspected for example, they always seem to carry some special story and mission behind it.
What was Max Ernst’s mission on this planet? Not sure, but let’s enjoy visionary delight of some of his amazing works.
Happy Saturday, day of Saturn.
Not that bad for detriment Moon and only one planet in it’s own sect eh?
Thank you Max Ernst for wonderful works ❤