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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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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.

Read part 3 here

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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

Read part 2 here
Read part 3 here

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Combustion

Posted by Wroskopos on November 25, 2009

Sun is the brightest star in our solar system and has always been of great significance in both religion and astrology. A major influence in any natal chart, sun takes a back seat in Horary as the all mighty Goddess in our art is Moon. However, it maintains some critical importance in delineating horary charts as, besides being a possible significator or a ruler of a house, sun also has some unique attributes based on its very nature.
The strongest and most unlucky is combustion.

Combustion is the worst possible debilitation in any horary chart. Naturally, it is one of the main considerations in Horary. Lilly wrote:

And you must know that the combustion of any planet is the greatest misfortune that can be

and he mentions Arabs insisted on the obscure:

If the Lord of the Ascendant be combust, neither question propounded will take, or Querent be regulated.

Sun is hot and dry. Excessively hot. He burns every other planet that happens to be too close, even the moon. Any planet within 8 degrees and 30 minutes the Sun, in the same sign, is considered combust. It doesn’t alter its meaning if the conjunction is separating or applying (though is somewhat more powerful when Sun “hastens in conjunction” than when it recedes. It matters if they are separated from a sign cusp; combustion works ONLY if it is happening within a sign.
Keep in mind that sometimes, if the other planet is strongly dignified and has power over the sun (like being its domicile dispositor), it softens the impact.

Any planet suffering combustion, is rendered weak at the very best, downright malicious at worst.
The combust planet is extremely weakened, or shows mischief (especially in the case of Mercury), or shows “inability to be seen or heard”, or shows death, health detriment and so on, depending on what the planet being combust signifies and what matter the question is about. The fortunes lose their power to do good and the infortunes are rendered either weak or more malicious depending on their dignities.

If moon, without being a main significator is in combustion, gives a “not fit to be judged” chart, or gives a negative answer (the later especially if it is applying). You can go ahead and read the chart but you already have a red alert that something will go south.

If the querent’s significator is combust, is in “great fear”, overpowered by someone and/or hidden. I will add that, the querent may also find themselves facing some danger or trouble and upheaval.
If we ask about someone’s ability or dignity and his significator is combust, we can judge he is not good or suitable or honest.

“Is this lawyer a good one?” with his significator combust -> No, he is too weak or a swindler.
“Is she honest with me?” with her significator combust -> No, she is hiding something.

If you care to investigate further you will find out that there is dispute on the exact degrees of combustion but here, I will use Lilly’s choice of 8º30′ degrees. You can also find articles and books about the use of combustion in natal chart delineations.

“So, what if I ask a love horary and Sun is my sweetheart’s significator and my own significator is applying a conjunction to sun? Isn’t this combustion? Am I in danger?”
Yes it still is combustion and no, no danger here, but you are burning hot about your sweetheart, rendered weak due to your love and perhaps in fear of losing him/her. If though, in addition to that conjunction, moon is in Via Combusta, I would be cautious.
Context and common sense are important.

 

 

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Will she return?

Posted by Wroskopos on November 19, 2009

The querent was a male in his thirties and when he came to me he appeared to be on the verge of tears. His fiance had broken their engagement and he felt devastated. His question was whether she would return to him.

While I cast the chart, I expected to see his main significator in his detriment (at the very least), however, I was surprised to see him well dignified by being domicile and ruling the girl’s significator. The lesson was to trust horary and you will see why.

Delineation

The querent is signified by a domicile Venus (essentially dignified) in the 12th house of ‘self-undoing’, a placement that makes Venus quite playful in Venusian games – flirting being the main of them. Moon is his co-significator, also in the 12th house, signifying his stress and unhappiness about the situation.

His fiance is signified by a detrimented Mars in Taurus. It describes her perfectly, her being Aries and a rather stubborn one. By the detriment, we deduct that she wasn’t enjoying herself but, how could that be? She left him, she “couldn’t stand it more” and she had an affair.

Venus and Mars are moving to a conjunction in about 1 degree. She will return, they will be together again and nothing in the chart hinders this reunion.

Outcome

Even though the chart shows stress, the domicile Venus is so dignified that it couldn’t possibly represent my querent. I was very skeptical whether I had read the chart correctly, even though it is a rather simple chart to delineate. Only 3 days after the horary, he was laughing and exalted and proved that Venus correct, by having numerous flirts and affairs over the next months. Her detriment proved also true though I won’t mention the details.

They were back together after approximately 4 months.

 

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