Book review: Night and Day – Planetary Sect in Astrology

night and day

Published in 1995 by Arhat Publications, this 68 pages booklet is trying to determine the differences when interpreting a diurnal or nocturnal chart.

First we should see the table from page 5 with the diurnal and nocturnal planets. The most diurnal planet is the Sun, then Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury is in the middle, he is not strongly influenced by sect. The nocturnal planets begin with Venus, after that is Mars and the last, the most nocturnal planet is the Moon.

Sect in astrology

To see the influence of sect we must look at 3 aspects:

  1. If the chart is diurnal or nocturnal and what planets corresponds.
  2. The sect of signs (signs can also be diurnal or nocturnal) and the planets that correspond.
  3. The nature of placement. For example, a planet is placed diurnally when is above the horizon in the daytime or below at night.

If a planet is in accordance with all these 3 aspects then is in a very powerful position, named Hayz. If not one of the aspects corresponds then is completely out of sect and has and important debility named extra-conditione. This is the basic idea for sect.

I think sect is important and definitely can help us interpreting a chart. From the 3 aspects that must be accomplished the most important is the connection with the chart (diurnal/nocturnal).

Then we can see how sect affects every planet. For example:

“Saturn in a diurnal chart or diurnally placed with all other things being equal produces the best qualities of Saturn, discipline, order and respect. It is even capable of indicating great success and social standing. In no way did the ancient writers consider such a Saturn to be unlucky.”


“When Jupiter is out of sect and afflicted, almost all of its virtue is lost, according to the ancients.”

One can find here why Mars is considered to be a nocturnal planet even he is masculine. Also the explanations for assigning triplicity rulers, for Hyleg and Firdar according to sect.

In the final part are some examples where the author presents the practical influence of sect. Are analyzed the planets from the charts of Adolf Hitler, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Charles Dederick. Reading those interpretations will make the understanding of sect very easy.


Conclusion. It is a book that analyze an aspect who is not generally used nowadays. Understanding and applying sect might help us in interpretation. I think it is normal that  a nocturnal chart to be different than a diurnal one, because we see in our material world that night and day are very different. So, if we can see those differences with our eyes we must find theirs reflections in astrology. This book is a very good guide to us in this challenge. I give a 8,6 for this book but, we must take in account that most of the information comes from some old astrology texts, so my evaluation is not only for the author and his compilation, but also for the subject and the astrologers that already wrote about it.