Horary Astrology

Horary astrology one of the oldest methods of astrology which can be used for making predictions, finding missing objects as well as career and relationship predictions. This method works by creating a ‘birth’ chart for the birth of the question – this is the exact time and date we thought of the question and our location at that time. In horary, using a house system called Regiomontanus, we are analysing the movement of the planets in the sky and how they relate to each other as well as the Moon, in order to find an answer to the question. The person asking the question is known as the ‘querant’, and the subject of the question or the person asked about is the ‘quesited’.
The Moon is the fastest moving object in the sky comparative to the other planets from our perspective on earth. In horary charts, the Moon is the story-teller and the most important planet in the chart.  It rules the chart.  We read the chart using all the planets up to and including Saturn, we exclude Neptune, Uranus and Pluto when using traditional astrology. These ‘modern’ outer planets can be used when they are conjuncting an angle, the Ascendant, Descendant, Nadir or Midheaven as telling of a mild background influence, but not as a main aspect in the chart generally.
When creating a chart, we decide which of the 12 houses to use depending on what the question is about, and we assign the correct house to the querant and the quesited/s, these will be the primary significators.  We also observe how the significators  are interacting together to get an idea of the answer and a general feel for the subject of the question.   The depositors of the significators can give us more clues, these are the planets that rule the sign the significators are in, eg, significator Venus is in Virgo, the depositor of Venus is Mercury.  Secondary significators are also taken into account – we may find planets in the house that represents the subject of the question, the quesited, or in the house of the querant, or otherwise prominent in some way that grabs our attention.  These add more flavour and provide more detail in seeing the whole question.  Eg, a question about career (10th house), there may be three planets already in the 10th house, this could show three other people going for the same job.
Sometimes the querant and quesited have the same significator, for example, when the Ascendant and 10th house are both ruled by Jupiter in a career question.  In these cases, we assign the Moon to rule the querant, leaving the quesited with its original significator.

The strength of the Moon and the significators needs to be considered using a table know as Ptolemys Table of Essential Dignities.  If the Moon is weak, say in Capricorn it is detrimented or in Scorpio it is fall, it does not have much power to ‘tell the story’, or power to act. 

We then see what aspects the Moon is making to the significators as well as other planets in the chart which will show us the direction the answer will take and what is going to happen, as well as getting an idea of the timing of events.  Aspects that the Moon has already made while in the current sign show events that may have led up the question, and future aspects the Moon has yet to make show what is still to unfold and how.

There are traditionally certain considerations to make before we go about reading a chart.  If any of the below items are present, it is said the chart is unfit to be read:
  • Early or late degree Ascendant – if it is less than 3 degrees or more than 27 degrees. This can mean it is too soon to find the answer, maybe more information needs to be revealed, or it’s too late to do anything about it, perhaps the question has been asked already by the querant, or they already know the answer.
  • Moon is Void of Course – this means that the Moon has no more aspects to make to the other planets in the sign it is currently in. The exception to this is when the Moon is in Taurus, Pisces, Sagittarius or Cancer where the Moon has more strength.  Also the Moon is not void if the Part of Fortune is still to be aspected.
  • Moon is in the Via Combusta – this is an area from 15 degree Libra to 15 degree Scorpio. This can indicate an area of stress and uncertainty, called the ‘burning way’, nothing is clear, things may be unstable when the Moon is here. Exception is when the Moon is conjunct the benefic fixed star Spica at 23 degrees Libra.
  • Moon in late degrees – can make the chart unfit to judge, especially when the Moon is in Capricorn, Scorpio or Gemini where it is essentially weak.    
  • Saturn in the 1st house – can indicate the question will come to nothing, delays or obstacles.
  • Saturn in the MC or Descendant – (unless Saturn is a significator) if the astrologer is reading the chart for a client, this can give warning that the astrologer may not be at their best that day, or may not be able to judge at that particular time so best to put off reading for a different time.
  • Moon combust Sun – a new Moon.  This is usually a malefic influence.

I take into account all of the considerations above but also still read every chart to try to find an answer.  If I see any of the above indications in the chart, I find it helps getting a full answer to the question and usually ties into what is happening with the Moon and the significators.

Some terms used in horary

Cazimi – this is when a planet (except the Moon) is within 17  minutes from conjunction with the Sun.  It is also known as being ‘in the heart of the Sun’, or ‘in the heart of the King’.  Theoretically a planet placed here is given great strength and protection from the Sun.  Anything begun under this aspect has a very high chance of succeeding.

Combust – this is when a planet is within 8.5 degrees from a conjunction to the Sun.  This weakens the planet considerable, making it hard to act.  The Sun’s rays are said to overcome the planet, weakening and taking away the light and power from it.  Combustion in horary can indicate a number of things in the chart from something being hidden from view, or, an overpowering person, or the significator is under stress, deciphering this comes from analysing the rest of the chart.  It is worse if the combustion is applying, it means the condition is getting worse. 

Under the Sunbeams – is when a planet is within 17 degrees from a conjunction to the Sun, and in the same sign as the Sun.  An applying conjunct is worst than a separating one.  This weakens the planet but not as much as a combustion. 

Peregrine planets –  a planet is considered peregrine if it has no essential dignity in the sign it is in.  Peregrine planets are considered to be wanders, they have no real direction and not much power to act.  They can also represent travellers and thiefs. 


The Houses

In a horary chart, each house represents a specific aspect of life in relation to the question asked.  There are 12 houses altogether.  We decide which houses are most appropriate according to the question, then see which sign is on the cusp of that house and use the ruler of that sign to be a significator.  If the quesited, the subject of the question, is about a career, we would look at the 10th house cusp and if Pisces was there we would use Jupiter as a significator for the career.   The general meanings of the houses in horary are listed below, though natal astrology has a much more in depth and sometimes slightly different meanings to the houses, so these are primarily for horary readings.

  • First house – the appearance, the querant usually, the body
  • Second house – money, valuables, the querant’s money, moveable possessions, self-worth and values
  • Third house – communications, neighbours, siblings, short journeys, cars and transport, messages
  • Fourth house – the home, father, home country, land, real estate, the end of the matter asked about
  • Fifth house – romance, fun, gambling, children, games and hobbies, entertainment, creativity
  • Sixth house – day-to-day work and routines, employees, health and sickness, labourers, service, small animals
  • Seventh house – marriage partner, relationships, any unassigned person; the ‘other’, open enemies, the competition, contracts, business partners and other general partnerships
  • Eight house – inheritance, tax, other people’s money, the marriage partner’s money, sex and conception, death, worries and loss
  • Ninth house – long journeys, overseas travel, emigration, religion, higher education, teaching and teachers, philosophy, law, legal cases, the lawyer, dreams, publishing and publishers
  • Tenth house – the career, public reputation, the boss at work, mother, kings and heads of state
  • Eleventh house – the wishes of the querant, friends, social groups
  • Twelfth house – secret sorrows, self undoing, addictions of all types, secrets or other hidden matters, large animals, institutions of confinement such as hospitals, prisons

In horary charts about missing objects, quite often if the significator of the missing thing/person is retrograde, it indicates that they will return to the querant.  If a thief happened to cause the object to go missing, we can get clues by looking at peregrine planets, and peregrines conjuncting the angles so they are prominent.   

 General considerations when judging a chart 

We can also see what else is going on in the chart to help us make a judgement, we can see what leaps out at us, where the planets are sitting, which houses are busy, what planets are on the angles and what houses they rule…  For example, if we have a relationship question, we can consider the 1st and 7th houses and their rulers, we can consider the 5th house, we can consider the ‘end of matters’ 4th house, or the 4th house from the 7th house, known as the ‘turned’ 4th house which is actually the 10th house as it appears on the chart.  Or if we have a career question, we can look at the 10th house and its ruler for the career, we can also look at the turned 2nd house from the 10th, which is the 11th house as it appears on the chart to see the money, or possessions of the career – we can an idea of its financial situation.  This might help us determine if salary increases, or redundancies, could be on the horizon.  We can also consider the 4th house for the end of the matter, this can give clues how the situation will end, or what is involved, all depending on the context of the question and what the other significators are doing.  The house of loss, the 8th house, and its ruler may be able to offer up some more clues to the situation.  Each chart is unique and we can look to find its uniqueness.  There are certain rules and guidelines to keep an open mind to, also, our own intuition and inner wisdom are very good tools to enquire into and to trust in.


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     /  July 6, 2010

    Yes I agree with you! In this case the horoscope is exactly as you said, I can’t understand why other people consider it differently.Anyway It


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