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"We have discussed the first, second, and third parts of the first house. It remains for us to discuss the fourth part, which is called the Part of the Hyleg, or pars hyleg. The ancients did not care to say much regarding this part because it is involved with so many things. But none of them are able to exist without it. But this part is able to exist without them. It is to these things as matter is to form. The ancients would have been able to set forth the doctrine on this is they had so desired, but they set it aside for the reason stated above. This part is the root of the others and is taken by day or night from the degree of the conjunction or prevention which preceded the nativity or the question or the revolution, to the degree of the Moon, and this is then projected from the ascendant. And this part is called the radix vitae [root of life] because it comprehends entirely the whole being of the native or querent or even the revolution, and if it is well disposed, it signifies universally the good "being" of the native and of other matters. However, if it is evilly disposed, it signifies the contrary of the aforesaid."
Zoller, Robert. The Arabic Parts in Astrology: A Lost Key to Prediction. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions International, (c) 1980, 1989, p. 94.
"The first of these is called the part of the hyleg or pars hyleg and it is a matter which the ancient wise men of this science especially observed. They found it reliable. It is taken both by day and night if a nativity, a question, or revolution is conjunctional from the degree of the conjunction; but if it is preventional, it is taken from the degree of the prevention to the Moon, and it is projected from the Ascendant. Albumassar said that this part is directed in the same way as the hyleg is directed. When its direction or profection arrives at the places of the benefics, it signifies good, but when it arrives at the malefics, it signifies evil and impediment and danger to the native or querent or to those whose revolution it is, or even if it is a universal revolution. And this is why many good astrolgers are deceived, because sometimes they see that many adverse situations arise which ought not to according to the hyleg. They considered only the hyleg and did not concern themselves with the pars hyleg. You, however, will not neglect this but always direct the pars hyleg both in nativities and questions and also in revolutions, and you will not err. It has its own significations besides other things which are of great efficacy."
Zoller, Robert. The Arabic Parts in Astrology: A Lost Key to Prediction. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions International, (c) 1980, 1989, p. 121.
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