· By Brenda C.
What is Sect?
The ancient astrological concept of sect divides the seven traditional "planets" (including the Sun, the Moon and the five starry planets) into two groups: those that rise and set with the Sun (the diurnal planets) and those that do not (the nocturnal planets).
Each astrological sect has its own luminary, which is said to rule that sect. The Sun is the luminary of day charts and the Moon is the luminary of night charts. This distinction was crucial in determining the location of the astrological Lots--especially in Hellenistic astrology. The other planets are assigned to day or night depending on their sect, with Jupiter and Saturn joining the Sun as daytime planets, and Venus and Mars joining the Moon as nighttime planets. Mercury is said to be neutral, capable of joining either sect depending on certain conditions.
Astrologers use this technique to assess the "power" of planets, using the out-of-sect planets as a benchmark.
By applying the principle of sect, we can determine which benefic planet will exert more benefic influence, and which malefic planet will exert less malefic influence.
How to find which sect you belong to?
When the Sun is above the horizon, as marked by the ascendant/descendant axis, a daytime chart is created and the planets associated with this sect are considered powerful. When the Sun is below the horizon, astrological charts are considered nocturnal, and thus the sect of nocturnal planets is considered in power, with the ability to push its own agenda. Diurnal planets have their authority reduced somewhat.
(If you need help with figuring this out leave a comment below)
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