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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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Via Combusta ©

Posted by Wroskopos on November 19, 2009

Merely adding copyright (without editing the first post as to preserve date).

The “burnt pathway”, the “burned road”. Doesn’t sound too good, does it?
Via Combusta is an important celestial area for astrology. It extends on the zodiac area between 15 degrees Libra and 15 degrees Scorpio. Is considered a gloomy, baleful area, often prognosticating bad luck and overall destruction to the question asked if a significator planet happens to be within those degrees in a Horary chart.

The two malefics are controlling its tolls, Saturn being in Exaltation in Libra and Mars is both Domicile and ruling the Triplicity in Scorpio. Additionally, the two luminaries suffer afflictions, as Sun is in Fall in Libra and Moon Falls in Scorpio, adding to an overall ominous combination.

An example to get the picture: Suppose you are under aged and your parents go on a short journey. A great opportunity for a party arises so you call friends in. Alas, two very mean guys show up too, both older and stronger than you and both the worst type of persons one can find. You are too weak to get rid of them or just hope nothing too bad will happen. So, the Malefics are having a party time at your expense and the two major forces, your parents (the luminaries), are away on a trip, unable to protect the house. Chances are, some very nasty things will happen.

In classical astrology, any planet on this part of the sky was supposed to be badly influenced and a barer of bad luck. Horary astrologers take great notice of whether the ascendant of the question or -worse- Moon herself lies in Via Combusta as it makes the chart difficult to interpret (positively at least).
As the moon is the most essential celestial body in Horary, is always considered a bad omen for the outcome or the interpretation of any question to find it on Via Combusta. Moon can’t perform properly here, is unlucky, distressed and unpredictable. We are warned by Lilly, Al Biruni and Bonatius to defer judgment when Moon is in Via Combusta as Moon is afflicted. Culpeper writes “beware of the end of Libra and the beginning of Scorpio” and Gadbury elaborates that “things go unluckily on and the astrologer should understand the question perfectly avoiding a poor judgment”.
So far, every time I have seen a Moon in Via Combusta, with the exception of being right on Spica (an oasis of good luck in the burned road, posited on about 25th degrees of Libra), proves to give a negative outcome for the question.
Caution here: not a negative “answer” necessarily, a negative “outcome”.

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. The rest of the planets are not that important, unless they are significators able to perform in the particular question.

In certain questions, such as pregnancy ones, Moon on Via Combusta can give a detrimental outcome. Remember here that when moon enters Scorpio it also enters its own fall. Finding for example a child’s significator or the moon in Via Combusta and Scorpio, assuming that we have no -extremely- strong positive indications pointing to a different outcome, it can show us an abortion or literally a fall of the child, a miscarriage. Please, do not jump in conclusions by merely seeing a single significator on Via Combusta. You should consider the overall testimonies of the chart, given by the receptions, houses and aspects.
What could add more jinx-factor to a chart apart a significator or the moon herself on Via Combusta? Well, we still have the Nodes of the Moon. Either North or South, they both will bring an unlucky or downright disastrous incident. Even more so, if the are in conjunction bodily, by parallel or antiscia with our Moon or our Significators. Nodes however have this jinxy influence on their own and they deserve their own article in the future.

A legitimate question is whether Via Combusta still lies in the same degrees it did in ancient and medieval times. Precession of the equinoxes has moved the signs forward on the ecliptic and so today’s Via appears in different degrees than it did in Ptolemy’s or Lilly’s times. Using sidereal charts in comparison to tropical ones, we can see that the ‘burned way’ today lies between Scorpio and Sagittarius. As a result, using sidereal charts for Horary will give us completely different Via Combusta degrees and therefore different interpretations. Which is the correct approach?
Having in mind precession, I study whether the ill influence of the Via is based upon its position on the ecliptic or somewhere beyond, and I believe that it still is in relatively the same position in relation to earth that it used to occupy two thousand years ago and therefore, still giving the same results it used to give in medieval times by using tropical geocentric charts.


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