Horary astrology is the branch of astrology that deals with answering question by studying the astrological charts set for the exact time and place of asking a question.
Horary Astrology is the most ancient branch of predictive astrology by which an astrologer answers a question by constructing a Horoscope for the exact time at which the question was received and understood by the astrologer. There is some disagreement amongst Horary astrologers as to whether to use the location of the person who asks the question – the querent – or the location of the astrologer. Normally they are in the same place, but in modern times many astrologers work online and by telephone. These days the querent could be in Australia and send an email with the question to an astrologer in Europe. The horoscope would in this case be radically different. Many European practitioners take the location of the querent, but there are many more strong voices in traditional English schools who advocate using the location of the astrologer only I follow this school of thought.
I now personally take the location of me the Astrologer as the only valid source.This is from years of practice.The other never gave me any correct answers.
The answer to the Horary question might be a simple yes or no, but is generally more complex with insights into, for example, the motives of the questioner, the motives of others involved in the matter, and the options available to him.
It differs from the well known natal astrology, which gives insight on the entire life of a person. From a Horary Astrology chart, one can find the answer only to that specific question. that generated it.Horary Astrology is the most Predictive form of Astrology.
The basis of Horary astrology were set by the ancient Hebrews and the Horary art was brought to perfection by the great 17th century British astrologer William Lilly.
The Proper Approach:
Horary astrology has its own strict system. The position of and aspects to the moon are of prime importance. The person asking the question, or querent, is represented by the ruler of the sign the first house cusp or Asc/rising sign falls on in the horoscope. Planetary aspects to the house cusps are considered more important than in other branches of astrology (although it is the planetary rulers of the houses in question that take precedent in analysis).
Typically, a Horary chart is read by first assigning the thing asked about, thequesited, to a particular house in the chart. For instance, asking “Where is my lost dog?” would be represented by the sixth house, as it is the house that governs small animals and pets (traditionally, smaller than a goat). The house cusp of the sixth house will be in a particular sign, for example Libra. Libra is ruled by Venus so Venus is considered the significator of the lost dog. Venus’s state in the horoscope (its dignity, aspects, etc.) will give clues to the animal’s location.
Houses play a more crucial role in Horary Astrology than they do in other branches of astrology. Any house system preferred by the astrologer may be used, but commonly Horary astrologers choose to divide the chart using theRegiomontanus house system.This is the only House System that I use in Horary Astrology.
Understanding the correct house for the context of the question is pivotal to the correct interpretation of a Horary question. Everything can be assigned to a house and it is to that house, and its ruler, that the assignation of the quesited is derived. Whatever planet is ruling the sign on the cusp of the house is called the quesited. The context of the Horary will often determine the house. For example, if the Horary is about matters pertaining to career, the ruler of the 10th House, natural house for careers and jobs, will be the quesited.
A short, non-exhaustive, list of possible associations with houses follows:
- The First House
- The querent (person asking the question). The querent’s general vitality and life force. It may also describe the querent’s appearance or temperament. It is considered the ‘ship that you sail in’.
- The Second House
- The querent’s finance, wealth and general material and financial possessions. Moveable possessions as opposed to immovable possessions. Allies or supports for the querent, such as your lawyer in court cases. Any personal (moveable) goods and belongings, immovable possessions such as houses are fourth house. Questions about the value of any of your possessions would be second house, for example the buying and selling of a car would be second house (not third).
- The Third House
- Siblings, neighbours and the local neighbourhood. Any general concern about relatives may be considered third house. Communications and contracts. General comings and goings and short journeys and travels. Letters, emails and paperwork. (Cars may be second or third depending on the context of the question- in matters of travel, the third may be used, in matters pertaining to the value of the car, or of buying or selling a car, then the second may be used.)
- The Fourth House
- Parents generally but the father in particular. Immovable possessions as opposed to moveable possessions, e.g. your houses, garden, orchard. Mines, oil, buried treasure and anything which comes from the ‘bowels of the earth’.
- The Fifth House
- Children, love affairs and sex (not the eighth house). Gambling, speculation, games and pleasure. Any venue that caters to our pleasures or provide entertainment including restaurants, pubs/taverns, theatres and music venues.
- The Sixth House
- Illness and disease or sickness. Also servants, or anyone who works for you, such as a plumber, electrician or anyone in your employ. Pets and small animals, traditionally considered smaller than a goat (larger animals are twelfth house).
- The Seventh House
- Marriage, partners and partnerships – both business and personal. Competitors and oponents of all kinds. It is the house of open enemies, by which it is meant enemies that you are aware of. Hidden enemies are the twelfth house. If no other house suffices, use the seventh house to represent ‘any old person’.
- The Eighth House
- Death, fears and anxiety. Inheritances, taxes and wills. It is also commonly used to indicate the financial status of partners or opponents…see.. Turning the Chart. below).
- The Ninth House
- Long distance travel, or, travel to unknown or ‘exotic’ locations. Foreigners and foreign lands. Universities and students of any subject of higher education such as doctors, lawyers, priests and astrologers. Visions, dreams and religion, as well as churches and philosophies. Books. Pilgrimages or journeys for spiritual or religious reasons.
- The Tenth House
- Career, jobs, employers and persons of authority. Heads of state, the government generally, judges and royalty. It is also commonly used to indicate the property belonging to the partner or opponent.
- The Eleventh House
- Close friends or groups. Wishes, hopes and aspirations. It is considered the house of ‘Good Fortune’ and is often likened to ‘pennies from heaven’. It is commonly used to infer the income from a profession or job as well as state benefits .
- The Twelfth House
- Secrets, hidden motives and enemies, captivity, imprisonment and self-undoing. Things not yet known to the querent. Any form of non-voluntary bondage or captivity, monastries, being voluntary and religious are ninth house. Witchcraft or any manner of secretly undermining the querent.