Using the USNO Website for Fixed Star Elections
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
While it is best to use full chart elections for fixed stars, many people do not know how to read an astrological chart sufficiently to do this. So we are lucky to have a great page for this at the United States Naval Observatory website. (I used to walk by the Observatory when I lived in DC, this is where the Vice President lives.)
Now to make a fixed star talisman you would like to have the Moon applying to conjoin (this is best) or applying to sextile or trine the star plus the right Moon phase, plus the Moon and star unafflicted. The USNO page won't do all this.
However, for a fixed star re-consecration, once the talisman is made, having the star rising or culminating/transiting, is fine. It's good to reconsecrate every six months or so, though you can do it more frequently if you want. Note, that when you get a fixed star talisman from Renaissance Astrology you get one free consecration election. After that you need to either do the election yourself, or order an election from me. But now there's alternative!
Here how to get elections for Hermes' 15 Fixed Stars on the USNO website:
- Set your location, either by selecting a US location or entering the latitude and longitude for a non-US location and time zone
- Select the star using "Celestial Object of Interest" use the listed fixed stars or make the adjustment listed below:
- Aldebaran - listed
- Pleiades = Aldebaran minus 45 minutes
- Algol = Aldebaran minus 1 hour
- Capella - listed
- Sirius - listed
- Procyon - listed
- Regulus - listed
- Alfard (Hydra) Regulus minus 10 minutes
- Gienah = Spica minus 40 minutes
- Spica - listed
- Arcturus - listed
- Alkaid = Regulus plus 1 hour 40 minutes
- Alphecca = Antares minus 1 hour 55 minutes
- Antares - listed
- Vega - listed
- Deneb Algedi = Vega minus 2 hours 40 minutes
- For listed stars you can using either the rise or transiting (culminating) time. For unlisted/adjusted stars use the transiting (culminating time). Use the listed time as the midpoint of the consecration/ritual. Start 15 minutes before the midpoint time and end 15 minutes after the midpoint time.
Listed Star Example: For my location Iowa City IA, elevation 203 meters on April 22, 2014 Spica culminated/transited at 00:31, that is 12:31 am and then rose at 19:06, ie 7:06 pm. Start your consecration 15 minutes or so before the set time and end 15 minutes or so after the set time. So using the rising time, we start at 6:51 pm and end at 7:21 pm.
Unlisted Star Example: Algol, we subtract one hour from Aldebaran. For my for my location, Iowa City IA, elevation 203 meters on April 22, 2014 Aldebaran culminated/transited at 15:40, that's 3:40 pm, so subtract an hour, that's 2:40 pm. Start your Algol consecration at 2:25 pm and end at 2:55pm.
Check out this VIDEO: Using the USNO Website for Fixed Star Elections.
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