Starting with Horary – The basic steps 1
Posted by Wroskopos on February 13, 2010
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
1. Cast the astrological chart
You will need exact time and geographical location of the moment and place the question was formed in a clear compelling urge. In plain words, you simply need time and place of when and where a question was asked. In complicated words, you need the time-space coordinates to set as your reference system grid in order to solve your problem (that is: your question).
There are two ways to set your coordinates, you can use the time and place the querent asked the question OR, you can use the time and place of the astrologer, for the moment he understood the question. Which one should you chose? Depends on personal preference, reasoning and experience. Try the method that makes sense to you and test the results. Keep what works.
In my – loosely based on string theory concepts – opinion, ideally you should take the querent’s time-space coordinates, as it was there and then that the universe gave “birth” to the question. Many serious astrologers use this method.
Other astrologers prefer casting a chart for the moment and place they “understand the question”. Many serious astrologers use this method, too. Professionals have used it, when receiving a chart that made little sense or when receiving the chart with delay and events had already started happening.
In older times, way before the handy computer programs – that made it so easy to cast a chart – came along, astrologers had to be quite efficient in applying mathematics. Back then, you would need to manually calculate logarithms, include in your calculations the height of the place of the question, turn time units into space units and vice versa, and so on.
Nowadays, all you have to do is buy a program (or find a free to use one, like Morinus) to do all that or, you can choose one of my “Useful Links” on the right sidebar of this blog, that include free online chart creating software.
2. Choosing significators
I will stress a point that is often omitted: not every planet holds signification in your question’s chart. It won’t make you smarter if you try to explain every celestial body in a chart; it will only make you confused.
This often happens with people coming from natal astrology, where generalizations are considered impressively eloquent. This is horary; primary you want an exact result. Find that and then – by all means – go be all vague and add every celestial body and part in your delineation.
Some resolve to such procedures for the mere reason “it is what they know”. If (for example) someone knows a lot about a Pluto-Neptune inconjuction in natal charts, will try to assign it an importance in any horary chart as well – even when they signify nothing in the said chart. That is bad astrology.
Know that, the more you learn horary, the less you generalize. You will focus on the relative only and will, voluntarily, discard the useless excesses.
To choose the appropriate significators, you need to have some knowledge of houses and their assignments. A cheat-sheet list follows that is by no means comprehensive but, will be handy on your first steps in horary.
1st house – Always the person who asks the question
2nd house – Income, mobile things you own, personal values, own assets
3rd house – Communication means and products, transportation means, early school, books, siblings, neighbors
4th house – land, houses, home, father, mines
5th house – Fun activities, amusement places, children, pregnancy, gamble
6th house – Illness or health, small animals, colleagues
7th house – Intimate relationships, open enemies, opponents
8th house – Death, surgeries, sex (in modern astrology)
9th house – Abroad/foreign, higher studies, publications, religion
10th house – Career, boss, public status, mother
11th house – Friends, group activities
12th house – Hospitals, prisons, large animals, hidden enemies
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