Modern astrologers have speculated that the negative influence of the signs of Libra and Scorpio, specified as Via Combusta, had its origins in antiquity when many of the malefic fixed stars were located in those two signs. A more insightful explanation used by the ancients considering the influence of Libra and Scorpio as malefic is suggested by Al Biruni: Libra is the Fall of the Sun while Scorpio is the Fall of the Moon. Furthermore, these two signs contain the two malefics. The Moon is the primary ruler and the secondary ruler is the planet ruling the sign of the Ascendant.
The references below show some of the quotes and definitions.
Positions and Degrees
Via Combusta is known as Burnt Path, Fiery Path, or Fiery Road, the last 15 degrees of Libra to the first 15 degrees of Scorpio, although not all astrologers agree on the exact distance as shown in late part of this page. It is believed to be an area of misfortune. The following is the Google Calendar data of Via Combusta. You can import it into your Google Calendar. The combust way is the last part of Libra and the first of Scorpio. These two signs are not congenial to the Sun and the Moon on account of the obscurity and ill-luck connected with them and because each of them is the fall of one of the luminaries.
Traditional astrology. Looking forward by looking back.
In response to my previous post on the via combusta, James asked whether this idea from horary astrolgoy could be applied to natal charts. Here is the gist of my response with some elaborations and a sample chart:. Some astrologers insist that certain techniques only apply to particular branches of astrology. Horary developed to answer questions from a chart.
It makes for more intensity, more awareness and more sense of life's journey and who we travel with. The focus is on finding self-fulfillment and letting go of the need for others to 'make you happy. Relationships can change, for the better, as we form stronger, more honest and authentic connections, inner and outer. The aim is to turn neediness into mindfulness, fear into reverence and appreciation. Watch for any aspects to natal planets or angles, progressions or Draconic points during this time.