When I attended a lecture of John Frawley about traditional astrology, I learnt a good idea from his example of William Lilly. Frawley said (in my words) that tradition is not about strict following some rigid old rules, but about understanding and keeping the spirit of the art, adapting it to the modern reality. In the case of Lilly, in his time he was testing various “modern” techniques (like unconventional aspects), and they surely led him to the correct result – why was that happening? Because his thinking was rigorous (Saturnine), whatever techniques he used. On the other hand, the strictest “tradionalism” cannot help when there is no understanding.
I recalled this because I was thinking over the End of Matters which is signified by the 4th house. I was taught about receptions and dignities, and these can be applied to the analysis of the End of Matters in its various meanings.
It is about the ending of things that have been done, as well as the end of life - and rulers of the houses can give a hint about the native’s perception of the end of matters. If the ruler of ascendent (the native) is in the sign of the ruler of 4th house (or has dignity on the cusp of 4th house), this signifies that the native is satisfied about the matters of 4th house (as Frawley says, “loves” them).
Given that houses are more or less equal in middle latitudes (i.e. not overstretched with one house dominating others, and 4th-10th axis is more or less perpendicular to 1st-7th axis), if the native has ascendent in some particular sign (see below), he will be “ruling” the End of Matters. It does not mean the End of Matters should be necessarily “good” – but he will be satisfied as the active participant (even if the involved planet is a malefic).
If the ascendent is in Aries, 4th is in Cancer, and Mars, the ruler of Aries, has a triplicity dignity in Cancer. Not bad. For the ascendent in Taurus, 4th house is most probably in Leo, and there are no major dignities for Venus there. One can continue along the zodiac with the same considerations.
This means that the luckiest in the above sense are those who have ascendent in Gemini (Gemini and Virgo are ruled by Mercury), Libra (Saturn rules 4th and exalts in ascendent), Sagittarius (Pisces in 4th are ruled by the same Jupiter), and Capricorn (Mars rules 4th and exalts in ascendent).
But yes, sometimes the houses are not that equal… Or the ruler of ascendent is in the sign of detriment/fall of the ruler of 4th house… Things happen…
Well, the end of the year is a mini-end-of-matters, too, and it is good to see how the traditional approach to such a modern medium as cinema helped me to make a correct prediction back in 2007, when I used Jupiter as the significator of the annual trend in the film art. I wrote in December 2007 that Jupiter entering Aquarius in 2009 would give rise to sci-fi movies. And look at the cinema of 2009… Avatar, Watchmen, 2012, Star Trek, The fourth kind, Gamer, The rise of cobra, Knowing, Moon, 9, Planet 51… Not to mention such properly Aquarian weirdos as Land of the lost, The men who stare at goats, Time traveller's wife, Underworld, and Up…
What an impressive confirmation of the traditional approach in our modern world.
Having had the ascendent in Libra and 4th house in Capricorn (both of Saturn dignity), with reception Venus-Saturn, I am usually satisfied with my Saturnine End of Matters…