...a post from my thread on this subject over at the astrologyweekly.com forum...
Greetings again. I've been doing some background historical reading on the Arabic Parts and have been reading Robert Zoellers book on the subject.
He quotes Bonatti a great deal...and although I find Bonatti provides more erroneous info that what I consider correct I did find something of interest the other day [or, re-discovered...as I probably should say].
It is the Part of Hyleg for which the formula is; Asc. + Natal Moon - Last Full Moon Prior to Birth.
Apparently this Part was considered in high regard as it was also referred to as the 'Radix Vitae' [root of life] and was not often commented on and fell out of use by around the 14th century. It is identified with being an indication of ones highest spiritual purpose in the present incarnation.
I've yet to apply this to my proposed birth chart for Jesus but I did calculate mine and it came up 02* Pisces 40'...the 3rd degree of Pisces.
This is a big eye opener for me as that is the degree of the Part of Fortune for a chart I cast for writing my next book on the Arabic Parts.
From Rudhyars' book on the Sabian Symbols we get this description and definition. "PETRIFIED TREE TRUNKS LIE BROKEN ON DESERT SAND. Keynote: The power to preserve records of their achievements which is inherent in fully matured cultures.
When a vast group of men succeed in building a culture with strong institutions which express themselves in significant symbols and works of art or literature, such an effort of many generations is rarely lost altogether. In one form or another, records of this culture endure or are mysteriously preserved, simply because they reveal the place and function of this particular culture int the long process of unfoldment of the potentialities inherent in archetypal MAN. It is such a concept that has been mythified and popularized in the religious idea of the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day. The symbol of petrified wood in the Arizona desert, however, tells us that the actual preservation of the records is never perfect or total. Only fragments remain, significant enough to reveal the essential archetypal form."
...and Rudhyar goes on about "...the preservation of the enduring [because archetypally meaningful] factors in whatever man attempts within his culture."
...well, I am trying to piece together the meaningful records of Astrology and preserve them...so my response to this is YES!
...I should add that this Part of Hyleg is considered the root of the other parts...it was said to be able to exist without the others but the others cannot exist with out it.
...I had to think about it some more...as to why it was reported to have fallen out of use.
The reason given is that it is the Part that all the other Parts are 'rooted' to.
Thus, as a point of activation it seems to mean little in understanding it...but with a set of Sabian Symbols the Part of Hyleg now becomes a Part of most importance and should now be once again a Part not to be overlooked.