Real Astrology, Gambling and Luck

As you probably already know, progressions and solar arcs of the Midheaven, Ascendant, planets and moon are a better indication than transits of the really big payouts. An accurate progressed position indicates the approximate date (more accurate with the progressed Moon), when the event might occur.

It is the daily planetary transits that will give the near-exact date of a "lucky day" operating under the influence of a benevolent progressed aspect. Large payouts occur when transits (usually benevolent aspects from the slower-moving planets) coincide with natal and benevolent progressed planet (and sometimes the moon) positions.

Some of the largest payouts can occur when secondary planetary and solar arc progressions of planets or the Midheaven and Ascendant have reached powerful and benevolent positions.

I do not have a particularly "lucky" birthchart with good Venus or Jupiter aspects, yet I am a "successful" gambler (well ahead). My biggest wins to date have occurred when these progressions were in effect.


An acqaintance who won R2.8 million on the 7th of January 1998, had a Sun-Jupiter sextile in her birth-chart that had come to "exact" by progression. This effect was increased by several benevolent transits going off at the same time. Wins of this intensity are definitely fated, in my opinion.

One of several cases of how Lotto winners have come to select their winning numbers has led me to believe this. An example is the man who, when selecting his numbers, glanced upwards at the roof. On a wooden beam was stamped a batch number, which he took. It turned out to be the correct combination. Statisticians would probably say that this was simply a coincidence. However, when one considers the odds of this occurring, for the correct Lotto during the correct week in the correct location and the correct method of selection, many people start sensing that there is something more to this than pure mathematics. Looking further into the matter, we discover that he made this observation during a period containing some of the most powerful simultaneous progressions and transits of his life, and tend to draw other conclusions.

Regarding methods of selection, it seems that when luck comes your way, it does not matter what method you use. People use their own lucky numbers, family birth dates, numerological numbers and many other ways to make their choices. What appears to be valid is that your method will tend to work for you when you get lucky. Take a look at how TV star Dave Gorman chose sportsmen born on the same day as himself to place two winning bets that made him about $5700. (watch at 15 minutes 15 seconds into the video and then the last quarter for the result)

There often exists what I refer to as the "Beak" or "Wave" shape in a person's daily transits, for want of a better word, since it looks like a big bird's beak  (example)Graphical representation of the beak shape
If you draw each transit as a semi-circle above or below a horizontal line: above the line for a good transit (trine, sextile or good conjunction) and below the line for a bad transit (square, opposite or bad conjunction), you will end up with a graphical diagram ofwhat the good and bad looks like on any particular day. Note that you should use the traditional one degree orbs for this, but I do have examples of it working for two degree orbs. In other words, bad transit energy seems to "release" its hold more often around a one-degree orb than two degrees.

Many winning dates are now fairly easy to see. Look for a day when there has either been a buildup of good transit activity, or a day when there are several good transits. This will look like several semi-circles above the line. At the same time, one or more final bad transits should terminate. It looks like the good is "spilling" over the bad. There has been bad resistance, which suddenly comes to an end, leaving only the good influences. It is like flying over a cliff edge in an aeroplane. The ground suddenly drops away, leaving you way up in the sky. Days like these can often bring much luck.

If you want to find the dates of many of the biggest possible winning periods in your life, try the following: (you need a fairly accurate birth- time)

1. Progress your Midheaven and Ascendant by Solar Arc, finding the months when they form benefic aspects (all trines and sextiles, as well as conjunctions to the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and sometimes the outer planets -especially Uranus, but only if the outer planet is well aspected in your birth-chart). You progress your Midheaven and Ascendant by adding a degree for every year that has passed since your birth. An example: Suppose a person's Midheaven is at 18 Pisces 30, and they have Jupiter at 18 Leo 30. Their progressed Midheaven will hit the trine to Jupiter (at 18 Aries 30) at approximately age 30, at which time that person could expect an event ranging from good to excellent, depending on the strength and aspects made to Jupiter in their natal chart. Please note that this is only a rough way of calculating Solar Arc progressions. The actual value is normally a little more or less than a degree, depending on the zodiac-related speed of the Sun during the months following your birth, which gradually causes an error of up to a year or two in later life. It is best to use an accurate software program if you really want to get into this.

2. When you know the approximate date of a good progression, it is time to look at your transits for this period. The progression will be fired off by good transits, not necessarily to the planet being contacted. At times like these, look for either the beak shape, or a day when several good transits are in operation. You can use this program to find either of the two, but I have found that the wins usually occur under the beak, the day when there are one or more good transits affecting you, and the last bad transit has just gone out of its 1 (or 2) degree orb. On days like these, the chances are very good that you will either win a considerable amount of money, or experience a very good event, even if you do not gamble or speculate at this time.

3. When you have learnt to do this, you can do the same with your progressed planets. Here, you have even more options that work well. You can use both the Solar Arc ('Primary Directions') as well as the true planetary progressions ('Secondary Progressions').

To calculate the Solar Arc directions you use exactly the same method as explained in point 1. For example, if you have an exact Jupiter/Sun sextile (60 degrees apart) in your natal chart, then at age 60 or a little after you can expect a big to huge payout or very successful event. To calculate your Secondary Progressions, which are equally, (if not, more) powerful, you need an astrology program or an Ephemeris (a free set of tables comes with this program) to find out the approximate date of the progression. Again, it works on a 'day for a year' basis. Let's say you were born on the 15th of January, 1960, at 8am. To find out where your progressed planets are at exactly age 40 and a half, do the following. First, add 40 days to your birth-date. You get the 24th of February, 1960. To get the correct progressed time, add 12 hours (half a day) to your birth-time, i.e. 8pm. Now use either your astrology program (or your Ephemeris) to find out exactly where the planets, sun and moon were on the 24th of February, 1960, at 8pm in your current place of residence. Once you have done this, examine the aspects of these progressed planetary positions to your natal planets. With a bit of experimentation, you can find the age you were (or will be) when the aspect becomes 'exact'.

Finally, as in point 2 above, look at the transits to your natal planets to find the exact date of the event. Transits to the natal planets seem to exert a stronger influence than transits to your progressed planets at that time. This does not mean that transits to progressed planets should be discounted, they definitely do have an influence, but you should first look at transits to your natal planets before taking transits to progressions in account, as well as have enough astrological experience to know the potential of the natal chart before looking at transits to progressions to bring events that are not promised in the natal planetary aspects and dignities.

A study of a number of lottery winners and the aspects when they won revealed something quite interesting. Sometimes a fairly innocent looking birthchart can get quite supercharged by progressions and transits. For example, one person I looked at from Lois Rodden's records had a 2-degree Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in his birthchart:-

$27.7M won on 2-23-1993
12-5-1954 12:19pm EST
Brighton, MA

Around age 39, Jupiter had progressed to be right on his Uranus at 25 Cancer. Transitting Pluto came up to sextile the now powerful conjunction, a few other nice transits to natal and progressions, and wham! $27 million dollars in the bank. This is one of the reasons why I don't like to 'discriminate' against someone having a natal chart that doesn't look all that powerful, or to de-emphasize a natal planet too much. Progressions can make a chart extremely powerful, especially if it is a slow, 'burning' progression (stationary or turning direct/retrograde near a natal planet). Also, a person can have a natal planet conjunct a powerful fixed star, or have some close parallels that a first glance might miss. A weak or debilitated Venus, for example, might have progressed right on to Regulus, and who can say exactly how powerful that might be.

Always be aware of the 'geometry' of the progressed standalone chart. Watch the angles too (Asc/MC). You will often find the reasons for events and situations in this chart that are sometimes completely invisible in the progressions and transits.

For an example of how progressions can turn a fairly innocent looking chart into a really powerful one (3rd richest person in the world), look at the one for Jeff Bezos (Jan 12, 1964). Then look at the chart for Feb 11, 1964 (his 30-day progressed chart which corresponds to 1994 when he launched Amazon). Look at the bunch of planets conjuncting his natal Venus. .

Squares, Sextiles..?

I counted the different aspects in effect for about 20 wins that I had which occurred during the course of about 150 of my gambling sessions, mainly in horse-racing. I used only my own data since I am absolutely sure of my birth details as well as the exact dates and amounts I won.

The Transits to my Natal Planets were as follows:-

27 Sextiles
13 Trines
9 Conjunctions
8 Squares
4 Oppositions

The Daily Chart

There are many reports on the internet from astrologers who have success betting by the "daily chart". As this chart revolves once a day the planets form aspects to your natal chart. My mentor, Denise, who has been gambling for over 50 years, has the following advice to offer:

"The daily ASC and MC to Sun, Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, Asc and MC. THAT is my "winning format". (Any 2 of the 4 planet combinations pay off for me along with Asc and MC). ALL the aspects are utilised, noviles, septiles, A L L !!!! It is the Kepler grid and an absolutely "correct" time on my cellphone that dictates the combinations."

I am aware of Joyce Wehrman's strategy of focusing mainly on the conjunctions, squares and oppositions the daily chart makes to your natal chart. Her approach uses the Koch house system and requires, as she says, birth times that are "gnat-eye" accurate to calculate the exact times these aspects are made. I agree with her observations regarding the 2nd, 5th, 8th and 9th houses and aspects made to planets in those houses and their ruling planets. This has to be partly true, since this is how astrology works at a minor level, but if this was totally true, you (and everyone else) would be able to win money consistently every day. I disagree with this approach when it comes to aspects involved in larger wins, which are definitely fired by more powerful astrological conditions than aspects as they form as the daily chart turns its full revolution once a day.

You only have to study the charts, progressions and transits of Lois Rodden's list of lotto winners to confirm this. Sextiles, trines and conjunctions form the overwhelming basis (over 90 percent) of aspects on the date of their big lotto wins. These aspects are invariably a combination of secondary progressions, primary directions (solar arc) as well as transits to both natal and progressed planets. If you study these charts you will see that this is largely indisputable. However, when you look at wins in hindsight, you will notice that the exact moment of a big win was usually fired by at the moment of such aspects, but if you only look at daily aspects and not the bigger picture, you will probably lose as much money as I did when trying to get this method to work for me before giving up on it. However, having said all this, I agree with the many astrologers who say that hard aspects can help cause big wins. There have been many examples of this with big lotto winners, even Saturn exactly square a person's natal Mercury. An example of this in my case was my best win to date which occurred when Neptune was exactly opposite my natal Mars. But I do believe that these merely assist the action of major progressions and transits to both progressed and natal planets.

For those interested, here is a summary of Lois Rodden's tips on winning big with astrology

You can use any astrology program to quickly give you a list of the progressed planet (Secondary Progression) influences in your life. This basically gives you a picture of your life-story, the 'big picture', in terms of the influences of your secondary progressions. All you have to do to get this list is to run your transits for the first, say, 90 days of your life. You can use this or any transit calculating program to do this. So, if you were born on the 15th of January, 1960, simply get the program to calculate your (full - use this option) transits from that date for 90 days, up to approximately the 15th April, 1960. This will give you a good indication of the major periods in your life up to age 90. Treat each day as a year following your birth. (Naturally, ignore the transiting planets that 'conjunct themselves' on the days following your birth-date). The lucky days program includes progressed planet and progressed moon reports in its free demo mode.


I've looked quite closely at aspects to midpoints at the times of wins and my conclusion is, although they are definitely active at these times, there are often quite important ones that are badly aspected at the same times. They seem to add to the aspects but don't seem to inhibit wins in any noticeable manner.

Betting by the Moon

If you know the exact aspects the Moon is making to your planets you will actually feel the bit of luck kick in just before the aspect becomes exact, but after going into this quite deeply I feel that there is just not enough power in the Moon to make a day a winning one, even if you have a few good transits on that day. Also, bear in mind that my records show that any aspect from the Moon can sometimes fire off a lucky day when you do have one. For example, at the exact time of the outcome of my best win in 1992, the Moon exactly squared my natal Uranus. Yes, as a matter of fact, I was feeling rather upset at the time of the win. I was still live in a Pick-6 ticket with one race to go. I had 6 horses running for me in that leg. I noticed that an unproven horse was getting heavily backed, so covered my ticket by taking it to win with the field in a trifecta taken twice. The Pick 6 was paying a minimum of R34 000 on the favorite. The newbie won. My horses came 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, and all I won was the trifecta twice. Feeling very unlucky and despondent, I heard them announce that the Place Accumulator had paid R1200. I remembered I was still in twice and had taken the ticket ten times. I quickly worked out that that ticket was now worth R25 000, which made me feel quite a bit better. Still, the message here is, if you only play when the Moon is in good aspect you might miss out on a winning day entirely.

Betting by Transit Activity Alone

Update 2013: I have spent the last couple of years working closely with some professional gamblers, mainly poker and roulette. They like to gamble more often than the dates recommended by the software. After following their winning and losing days for a long time, win after win, loss after loss, the common finding is that betting this way does help to a noticeable extent, in the region of a 60-70% success rate. Still, it is somewhat frustrating and does not seem to be as effective as following the 'beak' days where there is a discharge of fortunate energy after the termination of a final bad transit. So, after 20 years of testing, the theory still holds water and I use it myself all the time. I am still way ahead and still win a lot more than I lose.

I have seen several sites try and sell lucky days in the past few years, all attempting to use this method, and all closing down within a year or two. Betting by transit activity alone is not very impressive.

Aspects to the MC, Ascendant and Node

Looking back at my records, it is clear that good aspects to the MC and Node are definite payers, especially those from Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury in that order. However, over the past few weeks (Feb 2006) I've had good aspects from Venus and Jupiter to my MC, so bet confidently on four occasions (3 horses, 1 casino), only to lose each time. All I can say at this stage is that statistically they do pay quite frequently and should be followed, but cannot be relied upon on their own. It seems they must be backed-up by other good transits or progressions at the same time.

2nd and 5th Houses

To date, most of my best wins came when the Sun was in the first half of my 2nd and 5th houses. The win was in most cases bigger than normal (for me) if there was a good progressed Moon aspect to my birthchart at the same time. The two best progressed Moon aspects for me have been conjunct Uranus in my 3rd while the Sun was a few degrees into my 2nd, and trine Neptune (in my 5th) when the Sun was approaching the cusp of my 2nd house. My second biggest win occurred when the Sun was a few degrees into my 5th house.

After using my own software for well over a decade now I can add that I have repeatedly won relatively large amounts when the Sun has moved a week or two into my 2nd and 5th houses (Placidus). Look for good transits around those periods and fire away, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Best tip: Progressed Moon

You don't have to wait so long for progressed moon aspects, and, sure as daylight, along with the bad aspects, they bring lucky days, new jobs, friends, romance and good things into your life as well. Follow your progressed moon and step up your betting activity around the dates of the good aspects it makes.

There is a free Progressed Moon and Progressed Planets reporting function in the Lucky Days software.

A free set of Ephemeris tables (planetary position, *.n files) for mid-day, GMT also gets installed with the software. You can open them with NotePad. These files (1920-2050) can be found in the Program Files/Lucky Days/ephemeris folder.


  Successfully tested on BBC TV

Watch what happened on Dave Gorman's
two lucky days (Day 6 and 40)