How to Interpret the Part of Fortune


The Part of Fortune shows where you find your greatest joy and happiness in life. It’s one of the Arabic Parts or Lots and is calculated using the positions of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in your horoscope.

In this post we’ll look at the nature of the Part of Fortune and what it represents, and deal with how to calculate it in another post.

The Sun, Moon and Ascendant are the three most important points in your horoscope. The Sun represents your core self, how you see yourself consciously and how you want to shine. The Moon is the emotional self, the embodied soul and unconscious instinctive sense of being. Both the Sun and the Moon are expressed through the Ascendant, which is how you present yourself to the world through your persona and physical body. When these three are working in harmony and at their highest expression, the Part of Fortune comes into play.

The Part of Fortune represents the place in your horoscope where this balance between the Sun, Moon and Ascendant can be expressed most easily. It shows where you can attune to your environment in a way that brings success, but this depends on how you use the energies of your Sun, Moon and Ascendant. If they’re not in balance or expressed negatively, the Part of Fortune becomes more a Part of Misfortune.

The position of your Part of Fortune shows where you feel most at home and rooted in the centre of your being. It represents an inner sense of abundance and joy and isn’t necessarily dependant on external circumstances. Outer harmony comes from inner harmony, so integrating your Sun, Moon and Ascendant will help you achieve inner harmony and this will reveal your innate talents and where you’ll find joy and abundance in your life. This usually takes a while to achieve, so the Part of Fortune will probably work better after mid-life, or if you make a real effort to grow into wholeness.

The Part of Fortune represents success and the pot of gold at the end of your personal rainbow. It can help your dreams to come true, but this involves deliberate intent. Riches and abundance won’t necessarily fall into your lap. It shows where you know you mustn’t compromise your ideals, and for this you need self-awareness.

When you’re in harmony with your world (inside and out), the Part of Fortune brings prosperity and good health. Its sign and house position show where you can find success and joy by integrating the qualities of your personality. This integration means you’ll be operating from your Higher Self and this can endow your personality with charisma.

“And because this soli-lunar relationship is actually the foundation for the elusive and capricious factor which is named ‘personality’ (the ‘It’ of movie stars, lovers and dictators!), the Part of Fortune is the most characteristic indication of the type of ‘personality’ which an individual may succeed in developing and projecting.” – Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle

Keywords for the Part of Fortune





Good Fortune

Good Health



Pot of Gold






Part of Impersonal Consciousness

Because the Part of Fortune is a point of harmony it’s important that the point opposite it isn’t expressed negativity. If this happens the Part of Fortune can’t function positively. To avoid this problem you need to learn how to express the most positive qualities of the sign and house opposite to your Part of Fortune.

This means learning to take a more impersonal approach towards the qualities, circumstances and events that are linked with the house and sign opposite. In Joy and the Part of Fortune, Martin Schulman calls this point the Part of Impersonal Consciousness or the IC (a bit confusing since it uses the same abbreviation as the point at the bottom of the horoscope, the I.C.).

The qualities and events associated with the Part of Impersonal Consciousness can distract you from the path that will bring you the greatest joy. To deal with this, you’ll need to learn to take a positive approach to anything that opposes your happiness or peace of mind. This means stepping into your impersonal or Higher Self and letting go of anything you’re not personally responsible for.

“If each individual seeks his joy by using the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in the most positive ways, while trying not to offend, hurt or create negativity with the people and circumstances represented by the sign and house opposing his Part of Fortune, it becomes obvious that in the eyes of God, the world experiences positive evolution. If, on the other hand, each individual seeks joy through the most positive harmonious use of his Sun, Moon and Ascendant but fails to yield to people, circumstances and events symbolised by the house and sign opposing his Part of Fortune, then through the eyes of God, the world experiences chaos.” – Martin Schulman

Part of Fortune Interpretation

pofThe sign and house position of your Part of Fortune show where you’ll find your greatest joy and success in life. Some say the house position is more important and this shows what you’re truly interested in and where you hope to find fulfilment. Robert Hand says the sign placement of the Part of Fortune along with its ruler gives a good indication of your profession, along with the 10th house of your horoscope. The social role your occupation fulfils can be seen in the sign ten signs along from the Part of Fortune, while the 11th sign along shows how you can earn money, and how well.

The following indicate qualities and areas where you have natural talents and abilities, and may show your vocation and career. These are the keys to your success and joy in life:

  1. Sign and house placement of the Part of Fortune
  2. Planets or points conjunct or opposite the Part of Fortune
  3. Ruling planet of the sign in which the Part of Fortune is placed, and that planet’s house position
  4. Any other planets or points in the same sign as the Part of Fortune even if they’re not conjunct

The sign and house placement show qualities that you should be able to express easily – innate abilities and talents, as well as indications of your vocation and career, and how you can gain worldly success, greater well-being and improved health. However, if your Part of Fortune is afflicted by difficult aspects, you may have a harder time achieving your dreams – but it’s not impossible!

Further Reading
More: Part of Fortune Signs and Part of Fortune Houses



2 thoughts on “How to Interpret the Part of Fortune

  1. hi jessica,
    if there is a square pof and chiron, is this show an obstacle for achieving the qualities of POF? 😦


    1. Hi gulnur. Aspects to the Part of Fortune will either help or hinder, depending on the nature of the aspect. So a square would create some tension but it also forces you to act to relieve the tension. It seems like a bad thing, but it’s actually quite useful if you follow the lesson. With Chiron square the Part of Fortune there may be wounds you need to heal before you can make the most of your POF placement. Don’t see it as an obstacle – see it as an opportunity to heal!

      Hope this helps.



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