Point number two is the Part of Fortune, because of its importance of the relationship between a person’s luminaries. This mathematical point shows a person’s general focus of existence. To calculate your Part of Fortune click here.
Pars Fortuna tells the person’s emphasis in his life — fundamentally and biologically. For while Mars gives the basic direction of your life, the Part of Fortune emphasizes it by clarifying it, just as the moon moves away from the sun, creating a new horizon. The Pars Fortune then is your horizon and through its sign, house and symbolical degree shows the will’s focus
In TR’s chart the PoF is the eighth house, in Virgo. My nickname for Virgo is assimilation because Virgo has the particular and peculiar gift of absorbing and incorporating outside substances into the whole. Think of how we assimilate or bring food into our system for nourishment. Food outwardly is nothing we can use, but we can use it and transform it by a series of mechanical and chemical processes to make it something we can us.
Combining this idea of assimilation with the eighth house idea of regeneration and get the picture of someone ill taking in nourishment to get well again. Let us add another idea in and that is of the 18th degree of Virgo that has the image of sharpness and we apply this to TR’s chart for a new picture of him having the focus in life of assimilating ideas and projects in sharp contrast with his own current self but he saw could help him become his new, regenerative, self.
The eighth house is where you live according to the ideas other people have of you and how you try to conform to those ideas which could be discordant with what you want to be or project. For Roosevelt he wanted to project the image he was in touch with the innermost hopes and dreams of the American people — he was aligned to their interests.
Looking at the Sabian Sabian symbol (Virgo 18) we read “Two giggling young girls are sitting facing each other, knees touching, working a Ouija board on their laps.” This shows the touch between the realms visible and invisible and sheds a significant light upon the character of Theodore Roosevelt that he was sensitive to the things under the surface, or the future effect of present causation.
In viewing his personal history, TR started out assimilating everything in his life in a self-regenerative mode via a series of tete- a-tetes with experience. This meant almost anybody could visit the White House and find the President not only willing to talk to him about his interests but well-read on a variety of topics as well, so that the visitor could have a reporte with him on an equal basis.
Part 1 of this series is here.
The Part of Fortune is further discussed in Marc Jones’s unpublished Arabian Astrology, dated April 17, 1933. The whole mss. deals with Jones discussion of John Gadbury’s (c. 1627) parts, including the pars fortuna, and his reflection upon their validity. He renamed many of them to what he thought more meaningful and match his four lines and departments.
In Arabian Astrology, Jones discusses his preliminary idea for the Pars Fortuna being a “focus of the self in business,” a different idea than what he postulated here, ten years later in the Guild meeting though the calculation remained the same. His original reasoning is a person (his Ascendant) + his feeling for life (the Moon) – his Will (the Sun) demonstrates by Symbol and aspect, his particular ability to succeed in business.
Jones felt Roosevelt’s Virgo 18, translated into how he mixed sales and politics so much that they became inseparable in his vision. Currently, this boosterism, is not popular in America, where the country is just a bit player on a much larger stage, and should be understood in its historic narrow context.
Arabian Astrology is available for purchase at the Sabian Assembly website.