THE MISOGYNIST or “woman hater” is an anomaly which life produces from a hard experience. Apart from the fact that there are certain people who ought not to marry, there are others who have no inclination to do so, and even evince a distinct repugnance to marriage. In this category I should not include the anchorite or monastic, who, though often driven to seek seclusion from women and the world by force of bitter experience of either or both, are yet otherwise compelled by a variety of causes to seek a haven of peace other than the domestic hearth.
This by-product of social life has always existed and probably always will exist until the last reform of the marriage laws shall have brought them into direct relations with the laws of heaven, or until a perfected humanity shall have become a law unto itself. But since the misogynist is existent, it is of interest to note certain conditions by which he can be detected from the horoscope of his birth. Usually there are indications which deny marriage in such cases, and this arises from the signature of the planet Saturn which denotes privation or denial of the chief comforts of existence, and this planet is usually found to be dominant in the horoscope of birth in all cases of inherent aversion to marriage. It would seem that the action of Saturn on the mind is such as to engender excessive caution, arising primarily out of selfishness, and this restraint and lack of enterprise is such as to produce extreme diffidence and thus to prevent any advances towards marriage. So if Saturn holds the dominant position in the horoscope of birth, and more especially when it afflicts Venus by square or opposition aspect, the disposition to marriage is not strong and is not likely to survive the rebuffs and disappointments that are sure to be met with in all such cases. In a female horoscope the planet Mars takes the place of Venus in this observation, and “old maids”, as elderly spinsters are called, are those who were born when the planet Mars was weak in the heavens and afflicted by Saturn.
THE DOMESTIC CIRCLE is astrologically defined by that section of the heavens which extends from 30 degrees below the western horizon to 60 degrees, and from 30 degrees from the lower meridian to 60 degrees from the same point. Thus it is defined as the middle 30 degrees of the north-west quadrant.
This section or House of the heavens is that which has chief significance in regard to the condition of the home-life after marriage, and if malefic planets are found therein, or the Sun, Moon, Mercury or Venus are therein and afflicted by the malefic planets (Neptune, Uranus, Saturn or Mars) then there will be no domestic happiness and the ends of marriage will not be achieved. And this condition of the heavens at birth, quite apart from the House of Contracts, is at the root of all the unhappy cases of men and women who seek consolation for their troubles outside of their own homes, and who do not infrequently end the sad story in the Divorce Court.
But when the benefic planets Jupiter and Venus, or the Sun, Moon or Mercury, well aspected by Jupiter or Venus from some other part of the heavens, shall be found in the region of the Domestic Circle, then there will be peace and concord, and such children as may come to enlarge that circle, will be gifted, healthy and fortunate. Any maternity hospital can furnish scores of instances of births taking place at almost the same time on any date, in which it is observed that enormous differences of physical formation and development are at once recognisable. How can this thing be, seeing that the children are born at the same time on the same date? It will remain a mystery until the horoscopes of the respective mothers are brought into array. It will then be seen without a doubt that the healthy and well-developed child is the progeny of a woman in whose horoscope the House of Progeny (here called the Domestic Circle) is fortunately occupied and the planet or planets therein are well aspected, while on the other hand the mother of unfortunate or ill-conditioned offspring will have that region of the heavens vitiated at her own birth by the presence of malefic planets, or by planets other than malefic which are in evil aspect to the malefics.
BENEFIC ASPECTS are those which arise from the triangulation of the circle, being 120 degrees, or 60 degrees distant from one another. Any planet, whether malefic or benefic by nature, which aspects another by 60 or 120 degrees, makes for concord and harmony and the production of beneficial effects.
MALEFIC ASPECTS are those that are formed on the cross, as 90 and 180 degrees, at which distances from one another the planets are either in quadrature (square aspect) or in opposition.
BENEFIC AND MALEFIC PLANETS are so called because their effects, judged from the nature of events at times of transit over the places of importance in the horoscope of birth, are found to be good or bad, i.e., congenial or uncongenial. This is of course but a very loose definition, but it is the popular standard. We know from experience that there are hidden blessings in many events which at the time we can only regard as entirely unfortunate, but on analysis it will be found that such experiences were necessary links in the chain of events which lead eventually to greater heights and sunnier climes. We too often misjudge the Fates, taking our experiences as if they were detached events instead of sequential results and potential causes all serving to the common good of life. Still, it simplifies maters and helps towards an understanding of the principles of Astrology and their application to the affairs of daily life if we call certain planets “malefic” which by their natures are out of harmonious vibration with the constitution of us terrestrials, and others “benefic” because they are observed to conduce to health, peace and competence in those departments of our lives which are defined by the various sections or Houses of the heavens.
This is an empiricism, something that we can prove from experience and observation, while yet unable to define the modus operandi of planetary action. We can see by reference to an Ephemeris at what times one or another of the planets will be passing over the place in the zodiac held by the Midheaven, Ascendant, Sun or Moon at the birth of a person, and we can note the response of the individual to these “transits” of the planets, marking the wide differences of experience attending the transits of Jupiter on the one hand and of Saturn on the other. It is by such accumulated observations through many centuries that the science of Astrology has been built up. Yet it would be a hard thing for even the most skilful interpreter of planetary influences in human life to furnish an altogether satisfactory and final statement of the manner in which this influence of the planets is conveyed to us, of the reasons for our response thereto, and more especially of the production of events. It may be said, however, that no misfortune or ill effects can transpire in the life of a person at a time when the planet Jupiter dominates any one of the chief places in the horoscope of birth, and that nothing but delays, hindrances, obstacles and misfortunes attend the periodic action of the planet Saturn.
What then determines the nature of a planet, so that it may be called benefic or malefic? Simply its action when in conjunction with a significant position in the horoscope, as for instance, the Midheaven, Ascendant, the place of the Sun, or that of the Moon at birth. These four positions are called Significators, and the transits of the planets over these points of the horoscope are so many signals by which we can determine the course of events in the life of an individual.