Translation and collection

translating the lights Phillip Leslie Hale

Translating and Collecting the Lights

translating and collecting the lights Phillip Leslie Hale
Girls in the Sunlight by Phillip Leslie Hale

If you've been exploring astrology for a while, you might have come across two terms: Translating and Collecting the Lights. Let's look at the definitions and see how we use these aspect techniques in chart interpretations, and to amp up your manifesting practice.

Translating and Collecting the Lights Definitions

William Lilly, one of the most influential astrologer of the 17th Century, literally wrote the book on this, translating from ancient Islamic and the works of Al-Qabisi, astrologer and mathematician who wrote and taught from 930 - 967 approximately.  The Islamic astrologers made great advances in astrology while the art/science when underground in Europe for centuries. Lilly focused on all aspects of astrology in his translations, but is  best known today for his work in Horary. His definitions of translating and collecting the lights are actually really helpful.

Translation of Lights

Translation of light... is when a light* Planet separates from a more weighty* one, and presently joins to another more heavy... --Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.111

In modern terms, this is when a faster-moving planet (like the moon, sun, Mercury) separates from an aspect to a slower-moving planet. Let's use the example Chart A below to demonstrate. The faster moving planet is the Moon. She makes a trine to Venus and immediately applies to Saturn and then Pluto and then the South Node. This happens while still within orb of the planets she separates from.

Collection of Lights

...When as the two principall Significators doe not behold one another, but both cast their severall Aspects to a more weighty* Planet than themselves... --Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.126

In modern terms, think of it as two planets not in aspect to each other but both applying to a third planet. The third planet collects their lights creating a relationship between them that was not obvious by major aspect. See the sample Chart B.

Practical Application of Translating and Collecting the Lights

MG_2601.gluten-free-fudge.brownies.ingredientsWhat translating and collecting the lights means in the natal chart is a blending of energies that otherwise wouldn't be connected, or connected in such a strong way.

Think of it as making a cake. In the bowl, you have butter, sugar, chocolate and eggs, all in separate lumps. Then in comes the spoon, the planet translating or collecting, and the separate energies are mixed. Suddenly, you have a blend.

The moon, being so fast moving, translates the lights often, and we will see more of it in 2019. Check out how this looks via the astro clock - Chart Example  A.Frosted-Brownies-photo-picture-recipe-1

Translation of Lights Example

In chart example A, we see the Translation of Lights. The Moon in Taurus trines Venus, then Saturn, then Pluto and then the S Node, bringing these energies together as if in exact orb of conjunction. On this day, whatever you have in Earth signs, or what houses are involved, will carry this blend of relationship (Venus), strength/pruning/culling (Saturn) complete transformation (Pluto) and blast from the past (South Node). The house(s) in the natal chart with 9° to 26° Capricorn are the focus in this case.

Example Chart A - Moon Translating the Lights

Collection of Lights

Below, in Example B, we see that the rulers of the 9th and 11th houses (Moon and Mars) do not form a major aspect - conjunction, sextile, square, opposition or trine. The 30° semi-sextile isn't major, and it is separating in any case, not inadmissible in Horary Astrology. Only aspects the Moon applies to counts there. But, look how Jupiter collects the lights. He pulls Mars into an applying square, and the moon into an applying trine. This creates a relationship between Moon and Mars, via a 'third party'.

Lilly puts it like this:

As many times you see two fall at variance, and of themselves cannot think of any way of accommodation, when suddenly a neighbour or friend accidentally reconciles all differences, to the content of both parties: And this is called Collection. -Excerpt from William Lilly - Christian Astrology I, p.126

Jupiter collects the lights of Moon and Mars, bringing them together.
Jupiter collects the lights of Moon and Mars, bringing them together.

Leveraging the Translation and Collection of Lights

If you find this translation or collection of lights by aspect, know that it is a time where planets that seem unconnected are actually working together in powerful ways. You can leverage that energy by looking at the focus in your own natal chart, or the chart of clients.

If you the Translation or Collection of lights in your natal chart, you can 'count' on a stronger relationship between the planets involved. This might lead you to better understand of dichotomies or contrast in your chart, or to the discovery of core values you didn't know you had.

If Example Chart B were a natal chart, we would say that contrast between moon and Mars (at variance) can be solved by activating Jupiter, the planet collecting the lights. Perhaps heated emotions (moon/Mar) are harmonized by honoring the core values of Jupiter in Libra - equal relationships, travel with a friend, study buddies, sharing talents and resources, being magnanimous, shared, refined settings.

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Light* planets are inner, faster moving to the weightier* planet as in Mercury is light compared to Saturn, Saturn is lighter compared to Pluto.