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Will the operation go smoothly?

Posted by Wroskopos on March 31, 2010

I had a dental appointment (is interesting many I know are having teeth issues at this time), concerning an oral surgery for a tricky extraction. After years of fighting a losing battle with my teeth, this matter was of importance so, astrology on the rescue and I asked whether this time the operation would proceed smoothly (I am a known escapist from dental appointments) and whether it be successful.
Naturally, I was biased to get a “yes all will go well”, expecting some complications but at least the surgery would take place and at most I should have to cope with medicine.
Let’s see what happened, as this was a hell of an appointment.

Dental appointment horary


The querent (myself) is signified by the first house, its ruler Venus and Moon. The chart is radical for a couple of reasons: ruler matches my natal one and Moon is in perfect conjunction to my natal Sun. How is the querent’s condition? Venus is in her detriment, in the 7th house of doctors (in medical Horaries), is in the hands of the doctors and not in great condition, the angularity offers accidental dignity but essentially is debilitated.
First house also signifies the health of a patient, here as Venus is detrimented, so is the health. Is not a lethal condition but we know our querent is ill. Being in the term of Saturn speaks of a chronic condition which again is true.
Venus is also the ruler of 8th house of surgeries, it doesn’t give us much more info. It makes sense it share ruler with the ascendant and it made some sense being a detriment.
The ascendant is in Via Combusta:

Concerning Horary charts, the ascendant on Via Combusta renders the Querent on unlucky terms. May just be scared and expecting a disaster or can pretty much already experiencing that disaster, especially if his significator planet also treads the burnt way.

Dead on as it later proved.

How about the illness itself? This we get by the 6th house and its ruler Jupiter. A strong domicile Jupiter, this illness is not a weakling but at least, the ruler is in mutable sign, it comes and goes and it may change for better or worst soon. As I was in the “worst” for weeks, this seemed a nice attribute, much better than having the illness in a fixed sign (which would have meant the disease was here to stay). What is even better, is Jupiter really likes Venus, he adores her, seeing her from exaltation. This is another good indication as it means the illness is friendly and therefore lenient towards the querent.
What else catches our attention is the exalted Sun inside the house of ill. An extremely hot Sun, in a hot cardinal sign, often points out to acute fevers or acute inflammations. There is inflammation but Sun is also almuten of 7th house and given the outcome, it had more to do with the surgeon than anything else and you shall see how that worked in what eventually happened.
I usually do not bother with outer planets but, there are exceptions. When the outer planet is positioned so as to trying hard to get our attention, like right on the cusp of a relevant house or in direct combination with the main significators. Here Uranus is like really nudging us to take him in mind. He is positioned on the cusp of the house we inquire for; the 6th house. Uranus is a disruptive planet, there always is a sudden and unexpected change, sometimes out of the blue discord and separations. This is exactly what happened in the end but, at the time of delineation I considered it a very good indication for an extraction – a sudden pulling out – of a tooth.
So at this point I am left with the impression that alright, I am detrimented (and everyone that has experienced teeth pain knows how detrimenting that can be), that the extraction will take place, that something sudden and upturning might happen due to Uranus and that the procedure will happen but afterwards I will have some inflammation issues. I wish…

It was time to see how the doctor scores in the chart. Is he a charlatan? Is he good? Doctors are always the 7th house in medical Horaries. Mars, ruler of the Aries 7th house is positioned in the 10th house, gaining accidental dignity by angularity but is peregrine. Beyond that, he is term, face and detriment of Saturn. Too much malefic in his dignities but it could also mean a serious person. Being peregrine is a debilitation but he gains some dignity being in mutual reception with Sun in Aries. So, our surgeon seems decently ok. Mind you he is a visiting surgeon, not my direct dentist who had made the appointment, being peregrine seems appropriate.
Then why is Venus applying a square to him? Is there going to be tension between us? Definitely. Even with Mercury refrains the direct forming of the aspect, we bypass this as it is not directly related to our question. What is that Mercury doing inside the cusp of 7th house? Mercury is a co-significator for the doctor and sees Venus from detriment. Again is peregrine and angular. Combining what we have for the surgeon, he is Mars (exactly the planet assigned to surgeons) and Mercury. A short, slim man, around my age, authoritative (given the many Saturn dignities). I got the impression he would be an agile small man with some strict authoritative attitude.

End of matters is the exalted but retrograde Saturn in the 12th house of his joy. I took it to mean I would have to go back to finish the surgery or its aftermath and that part, was point on. End of matters favors me as I rule it but, deeply dislikes the doctor.
So far, the chart makes sense and does not talk of disaster. A few negating points fit pretty nicely the procedure I would have to go through. In this chart, it is Moon that gives the real answer.

Moon is in Libra, not peregrine as she is in her Face but is in the 12th house of self undoing and subconscious. Alright, this could mean deep inside I am very against this operation or simply scared and the inner me wants to get out of the situation. Nothing truer concerning dental appointments. 😀
Here comes Tradition though! There is no bigger “NO” in Horary derived from aspects, than the opposition of Moon to Sun. And here, in this chart…That opposition is the one and only aspect Moon currently applies.
The answer to my question whether the operation happens and goes smoothly, is given right here, by this aspect and is a loud and clear NO. The operation either won’t happen, or won’t go smoothly at all.
As Moon is in a Cardinal sign, it is going to take action to prohibit the situation and my subconscious will play a part in it. And so it did.
The fact Pluto is connected in the major aspect that gives the outcome, forming a T-square, might be an indication that even modern concerning the planet, it might be an interesting point to take in consideration.


The surgery never took place. The visiting surgeon demanded to know too much personal information of mine, going as far as to ask my whereabouts, how I “cope with life” financially and was overall out of line and extremely aggressive. He refused to perform the surgery, he yelled and screamed in hysterical condition, he slammed his desk and in the end he was yelling for someone to call the police (!!) in fury and desperation (nobody was paying attention). Yes, I did a lot of thunderous yelling as well, proving the Venus Mars square almost an opposition.
Moon played its part perfectly. I subconsciously wanted out of the procedure and I truly grabbed the opportunity of aborting when the surgeon presented the option. Judging back, I am happy I escaped, if that person lost his temper in a manner much belittling him as a male (maybe I have old minds but males should not squeal in high pitched voices), what would he do if a complication happened during the surgery?

As things turned out, looking back at the chart, I would expect to see Moon in Via Combusta and Moon Void of Course as well as a mutual reception from Fall between my significator and the surgeon’s.
Can you see more indication of that strife in this chart?

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Where is he?

Posted by Wroskopos on March 5, 2010

A simple and clear question of locating a person’s current whereabouts. We do not care about the querent, or feelings or future actions. This means we will directly address the quesited’s significator, its dispositor and the moon. There is no need to check irrelevant factors. Glory in simplicity.


The querent gets the first house in Sagittarius and its ruler Jupiter fits our querent having a Sagittarius ascendant herself.
The quesited is assigned the 7th house. His ruler is Mercury, which again fits as he is a young man.

Where is our significator (Mercury)? In the 5th house of fun and creativity. What kind of entertainment does Taurus stand for? As the earthy domicile of Venus is connected with beauty, grace and pleasure in a more tangible way, food and throat. Banquets and music and dancing and paintings.
So, he is somewhere having fun. A dancing or music hall – a public banquet is less likely but not out of the question. Could be a country picnic.
POF (Part of Fortune) – the most important Lot for lost items/people, is also in taurus and 5th house.
Alright so, he is having fun, that is a good indication.

Mind you this is querent’s 5th house; not the turned 5th house. The chart speaks in terms our querent will understand, it is her chart and made the question for herself, the location will be judged by how she sees it.
Turning the houses, Mercury is in his own 11th house of friends and large social groups.He could be socializing on the internet for example (if we go after a rather modern approach). We need more indications to pin the exact location and make sure picking the 5th house was the right choice.

Let’s fine-tune this by using Venus as she disposits by rule, term and face our Mercury. She has just stepped back in retrograde motion into Pisces, her exaltation. A very wet sign and Venus is a cold and moist planet.

What is Moon doing? She is conjunct 12th house cusp, in detriment in Scorpio. Gets worst, Moon is right on the “accursed degree” on Serpentis. Is this bad? Moon also shows the querent’s sentiments or mind if you prefer the term. Being on the cusp of the 12th in this case, shows the querent fears something really bad has happened but, not a bad outcome on its own.
Moon tells us something more: She too is cold and moist and Scorpio – like Pisces – is also a wet sign and both signs often stand for stagnant waters.

Now we are getting somewhere. Mercury is disposited by a cold and moist planet, moon is also cold and moist, both are in wet signs.

Adding the information of the sign Mercury is, the person we inquired for a location, is in a recreation area that is wet and very cold, possibly stagnant waters, having fun. Is rather unlikely he is in a wet banquet or in a wet and cold art exhibition (not much fun there). A cold and wet opera house is an also unlikely option. A wet-shirt beach competition with barbeque would be a viable option if we had not get the many “cold” indications.
Mixing “discretion with art” directs us to chose the obvious that connects all indications: what is cold and wet and stagnant waters with dancing and/or music and fun?

Mind that all along, all we were after was a location and its attributes. We didn’t ask for action so we had no need to take aspects in consideration.


Upon return he contacted our querent, confirmed he was ice skating in an open, public ice ring and added it also was raining lightly hindering the nearby band.

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Moon Void of Course (VOC) in Horary

Posted by Wroskopos on February 19, 2010

Moon is the most important body in Horary. She is the co-indicator of any question. As Moon moves only forward in its respective phenomenal movement, we can think of it as linear time-frame: past aspects give as insight on past events; future aspects predict future events. No aspects mean no events, which promptly brings us to the concept of a moon being void of course and its meanings.

What is a VOC Moon?

“Void of Course. Said of a planet which forms no complete aspect before leaving the Sign in which it is posited at birth. When the Moon is so placed it denies fruition to much of the good otherwise promised in the Figure. In Horary Astrology a planet so placed is said to indicate a person devoid of objective or purpose, hence one who abandons himself to aimless endeavor.” N.DeVore

“This is most usually in the Moon; in judgments doe you carefully observe whether she be void of course yea or no, you shall seldom see business go handsomely forward when she is so.” W.Lilly

Any planet can be void of course but, it is especially noticeable with Moon and in addition she is the most important body in Horary so, it makes perfect sense that many authors paid extra attention to this condition. When moon perfects no major (Ptolemaic) aspects with another body until she leaves the sign she is in, we call it a Void of Course Moon (VOC). We do not take into account aspects to parts or fixed stars or house cusps; only towards the sun and the planets.

A word of caution here, moieties of orbs do not count when Moon is at the end of a sign!
There is one exception I found where we can allow moieties: when the Moon and body in moiety are in strong mutual reception.

In general, Moon can be Void of Course in any part of a sign; in its beginning, its middle or its ending and each position holds a different meaning.
In the beginning and middle of signs, we allow moieties of aspects. In simple words, look at your aspect grid; is Moon currently applying a Ptolemaic aspect to another body within moiety of orbs (aspect tolerance)? If yes, she is not VOC. If you see no aspect in the grid but you can see that later on Moon will make at least one aspect – she is just not making one right now – she is *temporarily* VOC. (Remember: this does not apply when our Moon is in the end of a sign; here you ignore moieties and you are after perfection of the aspect).

Sometimes Moon is VOC through the majority of a sign. For example if planets are all gathered in the first 5 degrees, moon will be void of course from 5 01’ to 29 59’. In such occasions, she is considered “feral”; a wild, ferocious and unfavorable Moon (unless your Horary is for a lost animal, where would make sense to have Moon in a feral condition and would not be an ill omen on itself).

This is one of the most important considerations before judgment; don’t ignore it, as it actually holds an answer of its own. Can you judge a chart with VOC Moon? Yes you can! It is a consideration; not a stricture against judgment.

Performance of VOC according to authors

Alan Leo believed it “denotes in general no success in the question” but he was rather short about it.
For William Lilly, moon “may” perform even if VOC if she lies inside Taurus Cancer, Sagittarius and Pisces. “All matters go hardly on (except the principal significators be very strong) when the moon is void of course; yet somewhat she performs if void of course and be in either Taurus Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces”.
(Why those four signs? Because they are where Moon or Jupiter (the greater benefic) are strong by being domicile or exalted).
I agree with Frawley that by “things go hardly on”, Lilly meant with hardships, with trouble and not that things will not proceed at all but, only if she is in a sign she can perform and the main significators are strong.
Lilly put in his own words what Guido Bonatus meant with “Behold the moon if she be void of course, for then it signifies an impediment to the thing in question, it will not come to a good end, nor be accomplished; but the querent shall be forced to desist with shame and loss” and “(moon VOC) signifies that the thing enquired after shall scarce ever come to a good end and not without much labor, sorrow and trouble; unless ruler of ascendant or quesited be in a very good condition, then it may be hindered but not wholly frustrated”.
Abraham Ibn Ezra was more straightforward, “if the Moon is moving by itself, it indicates any futile thing, and it signifies that any thing which the asker requests cannot possibly occur”.

What if VOC Moon is one of our main significators?

Makes the situation or person idle. No actions or no fruitful actions. If she be peregrine and VOC, there is lack of will and purpose, scattered energies. If she is debilitated and VOC, denotes lack of happiness, erratic action, tiresome attempts to no avail and trouble. If Moon is essentially dignified but VOC, there is will but the circumstances are not favorable for action, or that the situation is already concluded and our quesited is happily idling now. You can judge which is the case by the last aspect of the Moon and its house position.

Meanings of VOC Moon

If your void of course Moon appears in the beginning of a sign, it means the situation is still at its beginning and things will delay starting their course of action.
If your void of course Moon is in the middle of a sign, the situation is currently under a halt, expect delay and idling before events start happening again.
If your Moon is void of course at the end of a sign, it offers you the answer to your question, which can be:
– Nothing happens (which can be a positive thing depending on the question)
– No significant changes
– Unfruitful actions, futile attempts
– Things will proceed slowly and with difficulty
– Efforts met with shame and loss
– Bad, tiresome, useless business
– Conclusion has already occurred


“In my chart moon is VOC until it changes sign but applies to another body within orbs. Will it perform?”
No, it will not. It has to perfect the aspect before changing sign. Simply being in moiety, even in conjunction, does not complete the action promised.

“My question is whether we divorce and Moon is VOC? What will happen?
Nothing. No action, no divorce. The situation remains stale for now.

“I have a job interview next week, did a chart and moon is VOC. Will I get the job?”
Not with that interview. They may reschedule, you may miss the appointment or, you may go and do the interview but they tell you to reschedule yet another interview.

“In my chart moon is VOC but my main significators are applying with a major aspect. Will it work?”
It depends. Check whether the Moon is in a sign she can perform and whether your significators are strongly dignified.

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Quincunx aspect in Horary

Posted by Wroskopos on February 14, 2010

What is a quincunx?

A quincunx is a 150 degrees angle (allowed orb of 2 degrees) and is one out of the two angles considered inconjunct (the other one is semisextile). It was not included in the 5 major Ptolemaic aspects but in later times, was disputed (and still is) that quincunx should be taken into account.


Inconjuncts were derived by signs once upon a time, the sign next or before to the one we care for, has no elemental affiliations and therefore no likeness or alikeness or even enmity. It wasn’t a match, it wasn’t an opponent, it wasn’t a friend; it was a strange foreigner, a misfit, an inconjunct. The sixth sign and eighth sign from the one we care for, are similarly inconjunct as they share no connection (either good or bad) through triplicities.

This strange lack of connection between the inconjuncts, made astrologers intuitively reach the idea that their influence is disruptive.
Further studies proved – to some degree – that quincunx seems to bring an upsetting incident or situation and therefore is considered a negative aspect. It is an aspect that demands changes and adjustments.
Quincunxes are particularly important in medical astrology and they often appear in surgery charts.

Possible meanings of quincunx in Horary charts

– A need for radical change and adjustment in order for the quesited to come true
– A definite “no” to the question
– An impossibility under the current circumstances that renders the quesited improbable
– Obstacles and/or obligations
– Discord
– Dramatic changes in life
– Dislocation, long distance travel, change of residence
– A health issue (in relevant charts)

“Will I succeed in college?” With a quincunx between yours and college’s significators, can mean that you may but you will have to radically change your lifestyle, or your attitude, or residence or move to an institution far away from home, or it can simply mean “no”. Dignities and receptions will give us more details and will guide us to correct interpretation.

As ominous as it seems, the 150 degrees aspect is pretty often kind enough to offer the querent a choice. “You can do *this* IF YOU change *something*. In better words is a “if you have the will and perseverance to go through a radical change you will accomplish your *something*”. You can chose to change what is needed or leave it as is. You are free to choose and you make your destiny. Aren’t quincunxes nice?
However, they usually avoid pointing out what that *something* might be…Which is really, really upsetting.

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Starting with Horary – The basic steps 3

Posted by Wroskopos on February 13, 2010

Continuing from part 2. You can read part 1 here.

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

5. Find the action (if any)

Aspects are actions, dignities are states of being.
If your question is about an action (Will I buy the house? Will my e-mail reach its destination? Will we marry? Will the parliament vote in favor of law X?)

In horary, we accept 5 main aspects, (the ones given to us by Ptolemy):
1. Conjunction. This is a zero degrees ‘angle’. It is often referred to as bodily union in older texts.
2. Trine. A 120 degrees angle. Considered very positive.
3. Sextile. A 60 degrees angle. Considered positive
4. Square. A 90 degrees angle. Considered negative.
5. Opposition. A 180 degrees angle. Considered very negative.

In later times, was disputed (and still is) that quincunx should be taken into account. Quincunx is a 150 degrees angle and is one out of the two angles considered inconjunct (the other one is the semisextile).
Quincunx is considered negative.

Aspects – again – are actions. No aspect, no action (in the vast majority of the cases).
This stands especially true with Moon. As she is the significator of the whole question, if she doesn’t form aspects, there will be no action. Moon Void of Course is one of the main aphorisms (and one of those who can answer your horary straight away).

Actions alone can not bring a desired result. Say X asks if Y proposes a business deal.
You cast the chart and see that Y applies opposition to X. Answer is: No, Y will not propose. This is a decent answer but can get more exact as seen in the following.
Say X asks if Y proposes marriage. You cast the chart and see an opposition again but in each other’s positive dignities (mutual reception). Answer is: Yes, he will propose but you will regret it. If each other are in mutual reception through debility, answer could prove to be: He will not propose and you will brake up in a most ugly way.

An exception can happen if you have a strong and active moon, no aspects between your significators but, said significators being in strong mutual reception.

6. Keep it simple

Here is where most of us mess up.
Do not go to lengths to explain in a phenomenally rational way, every single body in a horary chart. If you think that is smart, then try to also assign their relevant signification to antiscions in simultaneous relation with all the Parts.
Do not try to assign significance in every single little angle.
Do not skip the direct positions to check the parallels and antiscions.
When you realize you got lost between all you see and all you said, go back to the basics: chose significators, see their state, see their angles, notice prohibitions from aphorisms, END.

If you truly are after perplexed interpretations that will probably end up meaningless and self-contradicting, why not use your skills proving a few complexity class axioms?

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