Last week we covered Translation of Light, so it’s only fitting that this week we talk about its relative, Collection. Collection of Light is another technique utilized to find perfection in a chart where a direct aspect is not in place. This also calls upon the aid of a third planet to intervene, but in a different manner than Translation did.
For Collection, two planets must both immediately apply to the same third planet. This creates a link to where the light of the two significators’ mix together thanks to the efforts of a third planet, who holds them together. There are a few factors to consider when it comes to Collection to see if it will be successful. Unlike Translation which typically features the Moon who is generally a friendly planet, Collection can be almost any of the planets slower than Mercury. So the first thing to consider is if the collecting planet is a benefic or malefic. The benefics are more likely to want to assist other planets, whereas the malefic planets are going to be more resistant to it due to their natural tendency to deny things that come to them.
The other factor to be considered is the reception involved. Like Translation, Collection also has a set of guidelines to follow to see if it is going to be powerful enough to bring the question to a positive answer by itself. In this case, we want the two significators to both receive the planet that is trying to collect the light. Remember that Bonatti tells us planets promise cooperation to other planets in their dignities. Whereas Translation was attempting to create a chain of cooperation that linked the significators together, Collection attempts to focus the cooperation to a third planet that brings the matter together when the significators can’t. This showcases the Collecting planet’s role as a mediator between two parties. If the two parties can’t cooperate with their mediator, then it’s unlikely anything is going to develop. However, if only one of the two significators fails to be received, then that is likely to be indicative of the party that is going to be the least helpful.
The above chart is an example of Collection that has gone horribly awry. Jupiter has applied to, and left his light with Saturn and Mercury applies to do the same. However, neither planet is being received by Saturn. In fact, they are both in his signs of detriment, which means that Saturn is rejecting this. This would indicate that both parties are having problems working with the mediator and the collection would likely not manifest positively, if at all, giving argument to a negative answer.
The rules for this technique are found in Bonatti’s texts, but they are repeated with no variation in Lilly.
Next week we’ll take a look at mundane aspects.