Natal Promise: How many Marriages?

The natal promise in the chart has always fascinated me, and the first time I came across these ideas was in the book "Predictive Astrology" by Carol Rushman. I read the book a few years ago and I remember reading the back cover of the book in the store and immediately taking it to the counter. I was sold by what the author claimed could be predicted. Here is what it said:

"Are you likely to meet a new love soon? Is the coming year a good time for that major career change you've been contemplating? Are you likely to make a lot of money in your life, or will you be challenged to make the most of what you have? The techniques presented in "The Art of Predictive Astrology" shows you how to forecast upcoming trends and life events for yourself, friends and family, and astrological clients. Author Carol Rushman, a practicing astrologer for over thirty years, shares her method for astrological prediction:The Art of Predictive Astrology: Forecasting Your Life Events
 After reading this book you will be able to predict major events such as marriage, and minor events like receiving a small gift. Included are real-life examples drawn from the author's experience showing you first-hand how to practice the art of predictive astrology."  I applied all the techniques to my own natal chart, and it's no secret that in astrology, relationships are often at the top of an individual's priorities; along with career questions and general predictive queries pertaining to the future. Both women and men are often desperate to know their marital fate. However, this astrological marriage predictor has been tested many people found the number of relationships worked out in the traditional way as stated in The Predictive Art of Astrology it didn’t always work out as predicted with this old, and ancient method for reading an individual’s destiny as regards to marriage/or co-habiting since we are now in the modern day age of relating.

The prediction for marriage in a woman's chart follows the Sun and its applying aspects as it continues to move through the sign it is placed in at birth, determining the number of marriages. It is the imaginary path of the Sun as it progresses through a sign and making note of the number of aspects it forms.  For men, you would look to the Moon and its applying aspects. However, there are rule breakers. For example, if Jupiter is involved and there are multiple signs on the Asc-Dsc and planets in the 7th house....

Charts resistant to marriage: Aries, Gemini, Sagittarius, and Aquarius seem to have less need for partnerships than other signs. The Sun will describe the men in a woman's life and the Moon will describe the women in a man's life. One thing that will bring a lot of marriages is Sagittarius on the 7th house cusp or Jupiter in the 7th house. The opposite is true when Capricorn is on the 7th house cusp or Saturn is placed there, they may limit their own marriage opportunities. 
Classic Natal Indicators of Marriage Potential 
- Aspects to and from the Sun in a woman's chart, or to and from the Moon in a man's chart
- Applying aspects from the ruler of the seventh house
- Planets in the house and their aspects
- An interception in the seventh houses indicates multiple marriages 
Determining the Number of Potential Marriages 
- I use only the major applying natal aspects; that is, the conjunction, square, opposition trine and sextile.
- When calculating the number of potential marriages for a woman, I look at the applying her natal Sun makes before it leaves a sign. The Sun can only apply to the slower moving planets- Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (Use the Moon for a man) 
The houses describing the different marriages are the seventh house for the first marriage.  The second marriage is the 11th house, but it has some funny reasoning for this in the book. Each "love affair" after the first marriage is counted five houses for each marriage. 
If there are no applying aspects to the Sun or Moon in a chart, or if the luminary is in a late degree (27, 28, or 29), I have found that anything can happen when it comes to marriage. Carol Rushman calls these degrees "wild cards".

The seventh house is interesting astrologically since it pertains to marriage, and also rules open enemies. The love planetary factors in the horoscope chart for women have always been the Sun and Mars (masculine archetypes) in astrological textbooks indicating the type of male she attracts, and in a man’s chart they would look at The Moon and Venus (feminine archetypes) indicating the feminine energies in the nativity. Planets in the 7th house are general indicators of marriage, and if the Sun is placed here it shows that others will in general be an important aspect of the individual’s development. The Moon indicates a powerful need for security in relationships, and in general 7th house planets can often indicate a relationship with the public. The planet Mercury shows intellectual compatibility is sought. Venus indicates benefits and a general sense of beauty and harmony are important factors, with Mars it is independence and sometimes an indicator of many quarrels with others.

Jupiter in this house means benefits, wealth and generosity. Charles Carter writes that Jupiter in this position could indicate the death of a partner and most likely a second marriage. Saturn shows some limitation and delay, but taking a serious approach to all relating, and often experiencing setbacks. Uranus can symbolize sudden marriage and divorce or that freedom in a relationship is an important consideration, and things are never allowed to become too settled, and there are often shocks, perhaps accidents foretold concerning the partner. Neptune indicates marriage and spirituality, and many illusions to the fairy-tale and high ideals may lead to disappointment. The individual with this position needs to be able to see the partner more clearly, and may perhaps marry someone with a disability or they need help in some way. Pluto may show an attraction to dominant relationships, wealthy and powerful, transformations will occur through the agent of others.

Carter also says that Venus and the 7th house stand for unions of all sorts, stating that the house opposite the Ascendant represents all that is complementary to our personal selves, all that we lack and that it is rare to find two people born under the same sign desirous of marrying one another, and he also says some similarity is sought but also contrast, for without differences one is unable to learn from the other and married life becomes mentally and emotionally stagnant. The strongest ties in relationships are the Sun, Moon, or Venus on the Asc. And these aspects do seem to be the rule of thumb concerning strong connections across two astrological charts in a long-term partnership.


Julie O'Mahoney

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