Wedding Date Tutorial: The Time

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In our previous step we managed to narrow the time frame for Kate and Malcolm’s wedding date to two beneficial dates:

  • Friday, April 27th after 5:20 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28th before 2:53 p.m.

These dates were chosen as most beneficial based on:

  • Mercury and Venus direct
  • The Moon strong by sign
  • The Moon positive by aspect
  • No fatal additional considerations.

Having narrowed down the dates, it’s time to consider the time of day. We know our Friday night wedding will need to take place after 5:20 in the evening. Common sense tells us a ceremony that takes place around 7:00 p.m. will give guests time to arrive and still wind up early enough for a decent reception. Since we run the chart for the moment the couple says “I Do”, let’s run the chart for 7:30 to allow time for the preamble to the vows:

astrology chart

Well, there are a few nice things about this chart. A fixed sign on the ascendant can be a good sign for longevity and tenaciousness in the marriage. The Sun is setting, exactly conjunct the seventh house cusp, bringing tremendous vitality and emphasis to the marriage. Venus is in the 5th house, which can be wonderfully affectionate and is a particularly strong placement if the couple hopes to have children. The Moon is past its square to Venus and applying to a nice trine with the Ascendant.

But there are a few real problems. I don’t care for Uranus in the 4th house of home and roots; unless both the prospective bride and groom have very strong 4th house/Uranus natal signatures — such as Uranus in the natal 4th, Aquarius ruling the 4th, Moon in Aquarius, Moon square, conjunct, or opposed Uranus — I would really hesitate to give them Uranus in the 4th house.

Saturn in the 7th is a no-no, and it’s already somewhat troublesome at 0 degrees of a sign. However, it would be easy to place Saturn in the 8th house by moving the time of the vows up slightly. And given so many couples have problems with money and communication, I’m dismayed by seeing both Mars/Pluto in the 2nd house and Neptune in the 3rd.

If the couple is willing to consider an early time, and we’re willing to overlook that applying Moon/Venus square (although I don’t think we should), the 4:50 chart doesn’t look too bad:

astrology chart

Libra rising is kind of nice for a wedding chart, and Venus, though technically in the 6th, is pretty darn close to that 7th house cusp. Plus you get the Moon on the Midheaven. Unfortunately, Mars is pretty close to the 4th house cusp, giving it a bit more oomph than I like to see in a wedding chart. And Saturn rules the 4th. Plus Moon and Venus are square each other, and the Moon applies to a square to the Ascendant. It’s not the worst chart I’ve ever seen, but let’s see if we can do better.

Let’s look at the Saturday chart. >>

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