When Apples Are Not Bananas
Posted by Wroskopos on July 6, 2009
(Otherwise known as “not all astrology is Horary“)
I need to stress something out: NO, we do NOT use the same rules and way of interpretation in all forms of astrology. Yes, there is great common ground such as planets and rulerships and so on but, there also are essential differences. Apples and bananas are both fruits, they are both edible and they are both yummy. However apples are NOT bananas.
Let me stress this out: as apples are not bananas, in the same way Horary is NOT Event or Katarchic or Decumbiture or Natal or Solar Returns and etc. Let’s see some apples that are often mistaken to be bananas:
The word derives from the Greek word Καταρχή which means ‘in the beginning’ and is commonly known as Inceptional or Electional astrology. Is the art of electing the appropriately lucky moment for an event or a significant moment in one’s life or judge how an already initiated event will carry on, based on the chart cast for the date and place the event took place. Such occasions can include anything we initiate, from marriages to founding a business.
The essential difference with Horary is which time and space combination we chose to interpret. In Horary we cast for the time a question for that initiating formed clearly in the Querent’s mind: ‘will my marriage last forever?”. In Katarchic we will use the exact date and place the marriage took place. This is the most essential and ‘astrology 101’ difference. Apart from that the very course of interpretation differs as well as some essential rules. Katarchic is closer to Event astrology than it is to Horary and in older times the term was actually used to describe both electional and inceptional astrology.
It interprets the astral influences for the time and place a specific event happened.
Will offer outlines or extreme detail -depending on the astrologer- of what the event was, how it affected our querent and how it will continue in the future. Seems close to Horary but it is not. The data needed to cast the chart is again different than the data we need in Horary and also the approach, course and rules of interpretation differ.
The word derived from the Latin word that loosely translated means ‘falling ill’. Decumbiture’s chart is casted for the very moment a patient literally falls ill. Is used to point out the specifics of a disease, the way it started, how it will carry on and even whether the patient will survive or not. Decumbiture is medical astrology at its best and its most known representative is Culpeper.
Differs from Horary in the choise of time to cast the chart. In Horary we will cast for the time a relevant question popped in our minds, when in Decumbiture we shall cast for the actual time our subject became seriously ill. Both techniques can be used, my favorite is Decumbiture, I only go with Horary when I do not have the event time.
Common ground and fruits
Well all astrology branches are…astrology. All observe the same sky, the same planets and aspects and they all try to explain how the skies manifest on the human lives. More often than not, rulerships and rules are common; not always though and if you see an astrologer unable to distinguish what is used where, run. Away. Fast.
Different ways can be used simultaneously or as stand alone. There are matters that using 2 or more forms of astrology, can often offer a better or deeper reading. For example, asking about the time and manner of a person’s death. A combo of Natal and Horary, or Solar Returns along with Progressions, can offer extremely detailed specifics on this macabre subject.
Experiment with the methods you prefer. A pie with both apples and bananas can be awesome if you know how to cook it properly. 😉