Starting with Horary – The basic steps 2
Posted by Wroskopos on February 13, 2010
Continuing form part 1
1. Cast the chart
2. Chose your significators
3. Look for aphorisms
4. Find the state of your significators
5. Find the action (if any)
6. Keep it simple
3. Look for Aphorisms
Aphorisms (Αφορισμοί), are a set of rules that either frame whether a chart is radical (fit to be judged), or alert the astrologer about something. Sometimes, an aphorism can directly predict the outcome of a question.
You will find a list of the most important ones here: (link)
Some astrologers choose to ignore prohibitions. There are two reasons for this; competitive marketing and pure ignorance.
Astrology is quite a competitive occupation. Unfortunately, for some reason, people think that aphorisms about fitness of a chart or of “deferring judgment”, renders them less able astrologers. They misunderstand the essence and approach it as a personal inability to read the chart.
Your clients will not like it if you tell them “well your chart is not fit to be judged, we should throw it to the garbage bin” and there will be another astrologer ready to grab that client by saying “all charts can be read”. A professional astrologer can not afford losing clients. Most will go ahead and “read” your chart. An amateur (not professional) astrologer will still go through it for ego reasons – he will have to chose between appearing ignorant and lesser astrologer or read the darn chart.
Pure ignorance is self explanatory though it is harder to notice as, most people who ignore aphorisms due to ignorance or arrogance, have some skills in different methods of astrology so, they will give you an appearing rational – and very astrological – answer.
If you read a few books from older astrologers, you will realize those persons where highly efficient scientists with wide knowledge. Ptolemy, Kepler, Roger Bacon, Bonatti and Copernicus (to name a few), were accomplished scientists on more than one subject.
How can one claim a higher expertise or intelligence and choose to ignore the aphorisms made by far better brains?
All charts can be read. However, there is a significant difference between “can” be read and “should” be read. Start delineating FROM the aphorisms. Your answer could very well be given by an aphorism.
4. Find the state of your significators
Dignities, dignities. Examine your significators’ place in the zodiac. Open your table of dignities and note which significators are on essential dignities, debilities or peregrine. This will give you the information to judge their state, are they happy? Strong? Able to act? Willing to act? Weak? Mean?
Then note whether they are in dignities/debilities of your other significators. This will tell you whether they like or dislike each other, whether they couldn’t care less and in general what is their attitude going to be towards the other significators.
Now, note their house position and examine their “accidental dignities”. Are they angular? Succedent? Cadent? Are your significators in conjunction to the benefics (Jupiter and Venus)?
Essential dignities can fully answer a question about states and situations. “Is he happy?” with his significators in fall; no he is not. “Is the property I want to buy in a good condition?” with its significator domicile and in its own triplicity; it is in great condition, sturdy and well maintained.
Accidental dignities can add information on the state, place or situation. May strengthen an essentially debilitated significator or weaken a strong one and vice versa. A gross example: your significator in fall and in the 12th house; you are in nasty shape and in stress.
Caution: If you ask about a horse you own, its significator in 12th house and in its own triplicity; the horse is well and at its home area (stable). 12th house may be cadent, therefore negatively strong but, it is also the house of large animals. Here the house position is not an accidental debility. It is explained as normal house placement.
Dignities can also answer many questions of “should I?” Like, “should I marry her?”, should I buy this business?” and so on.
Most use Ptolemy’s table of dignities, some use Chaldean tables, some others prefer Dorotheus of Sidon’s. Chose one and stick to it. Experience will tell you if it works or not. Do not worry if it seems overly complicated right now. Start with learning the essential dignities and debilities first, then proceed to accidental ones later on.
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