Horary is the branch of astrology which deals with answering questions.

The astrologer can make predictions from these questions by judging a horoscope for the moment the question is asked. The horoscope is set up in exactly the same manner as any other form of astrology. One of the differences between horary and other branches is its reliance on a simple set of rules. These rules are important in the judgment of the horoscope. No other branch of astrology relies on rules to the same extent as horary. It is the rules that usually decide the outcome to questions. Most questions can be answered with a simple yes or no. Applying major aspects, or their absence, between the ruler of the ascendant and the ruler of the sign on the cusp of the house asked about or, the Moon and the planet ruling the sign on the cusp of the house asked about, can decide the answer to the question. The art of horary is in knowing the rules by which these major aspects will give a positive or negative result, and how to apply them. Receiving the Question The Querent The person asking the question is referred to as the querent. The Quesited The person or thing asked about is referred to as the quesited. The Significators The significators are the planets ruling the querent and the quesited. Usually the outer planets are not used as main significators, only the traditional rulers. So, Mars ruling Scorpio, Saturn ruling Aquarius and Jupiter ruling Pisces. Sometimes a third person will ask a question in which they have no direct role to play. For instance when someone asks about a friend who is about to have a baby. In such cases the querent would be ruled by the planet ruling the ascendant. The astrologer nevertheless should ignore their ruling planet and concentrate only on the significators for the friend and her expected baby. How to Locate the Question? Most astrologers use the latitude and longitude of the person asking the question since the question was born in their mind at their location and not at that of the astrologer's. It is their question and only they fully understand it. Example 1: If the querent is in New York and the astrologer is in London, use the latitude and longitude of New York which is 40N45, 73W57. Example 2: If the querent who is in Dublin telephones the astrologer in London, use the latitude and longitude of Dublin which is 53N20, 6W15. Example 3: If the querent in Copenhagen writes a letter, sends a fax or uses the electronic mail on their computer, to the astrologer in London, use the latitude and longitude of Copenhagen which is 55N40, 12E35. How to Time the Question? The moment the question is asked either face to face or by telephone is the time to use for drawing the horoscope, whether it is fully understood or not. If the question is included in a letter, fax or on electronic mail, it should be timed for the moment the astrologer reads the question. If the question is not fully understood by the astrologer at that moment, it can be clarified later in discussion with the querent. The instant the astrologer first asks their own question is the correct time to use for drawing the

If. children. The police and army. buildings. The Fourth House Property. This point is very important as the astrologer is at the mercy of the querent in the sense that the question posed. The astrologer will be unaware of these deeper meanings unless they interrogate the querent until they understand the question fully. It governs the father and family background. they will only succeed in deceiving themselves. perhaps in a diary especially kept for horary. The Second House This house deals with the querent's movable possessions and anything they own. business partnerships. or it may be that they have difficulty in clarifying their question. (Maurice McCann) Using the houses in horary astrology: The First House Represents the person asking the question. medicines. Asking the same question twice It is pointless asking the same question twice as it will only produce an invalid horoscope on the second occasion. The Seventh House Marriage and committed relationships. or it may be that the astrologer simply does not understand. or the Internet. the astrologer decides to postpone the moment and ask again at a later time. This is due to the fact that in over 14 years of horary experience any mistakes that I have made have been attributed to other factors and not to this house system. whether by letter. It is the horoscope that was drawn for the moment when the question was first asked that is the valid one. It is believed to describe working condition and part time work. It is essential to keep a record of questions in order to avoid asking the same question or one very similar to it. because of their knowledge of the planetary movements or for any other reason such as waiting for the emotional impact to be strong enough after they have already thought of the question. The Third House All forms of communication. employees. which may appear to be simple enough. It has rulership over brothers and sisters and all siblings. It was believed to be the house that dealt with rumours and gossip. contracts with another.horoscope. The Sixth House Sickness and ill health. Each astrologer must test the accuracy of their own favourite house system for themselves". casual affairs. The Fifth House Creativity and the talents of the querent. Nevertheless. There should be no reason whatsoever for delaying or postponing the time of their own question or that of their client's and they should not expect a successful outcome to the question. lovers. other house systems may be used if preferred. has deeper meanings for the querent. by postal delivery. Understanding the Question Sometimes it may be necessary to seek further clarification from the querent as they may not always reveal the full meaning behind their question or express themselves clearly enough. twice. House System "In my experience the Regiomontanus house system has proven to be the most successful system in horary. It is best to be certain of the question before delineating the horoscope. It concerns their money and whether they will become rich or not. There may be personal reasons for this. open . telephone or fax. people who render a service or do work for you. sports and competition. houses and homes and the land.

Although most astrologers agreed more or less unknowingly with Al Biruni's orbs there were a number of others who either widened or narrowed the orbs according to their own opinion or experience. Astrology. other peoples' money. large groups of people. Higher education. The Tenth House Profession or career.enemies. The Orbs of the Planets In 1029 AD the Arab astrologer known as Al Biruni wrote "The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology" which was first published in English in 1934. the other. The Orbs of Planets according to Al Biruni: Sun 15° Moon 12° Mercury 7° Venus 7° Mars 8° Jupiter 9° Saturn 9° Each planet had its own number of degrees of orb and when two planets were aspecting each other their degrees were added together then divided by two. The Eleventh House Friends and acquaintances. secret enemies. one's public standing or reputation. sex. it would be reasonable to allow 8 degrees each for Uranus. associations. Religion and philosophy. studying at university or some other kind of college. This was later called the moiety of the orbs. The Orbs of Planets according to William Lilly: Sun 17° Moon 12°30' Mercury 7° Venus 8° Mars 7°30' Jupiter 12° Saturn 10° Since the exact orbs of the outer planets are still unknown with any degree of certainty. The famous English astrologer William Lilly gave the following list as his preferred set of orbs. death. The Eighth House Debts. hospitals and institutions. from the French word for half. Success and winning a game of court battle. visas and legal documents dealing with foreign countries. It is believed to be the first time in written form that each planet was allocated a certain number of degrees for its orbs. . Neptune and Pluto until proven otherwise. The Twelfth House All secret hidden matters. The Ninth House Foreign travel and foreigners. Kings queens and monarchs. moitiй. The Judge in a court. Exams. prisons.

unless the principal significators are very strong. Scorpio. Mercury at 2°19' Pisces applies by conjunction to Saturn. (b3 is a third body. • More than 27 degrees rising: a post-mature question. Collection of light DEFINITION When the two main significators each applies by major aspect to a third planet. when the Moon is void of course. The Moon may function when Void of Course in Taurus. Jonathan Clarks adds "unless the question is about a seventh house subject". Cancer. Yet the Moon performs somewhat when void of course in Taurus. or Pisces somewhat mitigates the effect of being Void of Course. Sagittarius. Sagittarius. Sagittarius. • The Ascendant ruler is combust the Sun: The querent is quite worried. Cancer. Formula s1 & b3 in applying aspect and s2 & b3 in applying aspect. this third planet can act as a transmittor and collect their lights bringing them back into aspect again. • Moon in a late degree. Furthermore. Whether the planets apply by direct or retrograde motion to the transmitting planet is of no importance. • 7th house ruler afflicted: Astrologer will have difficulty answering the question. Sometimes the considerations before judgment give relevant information about the question. the transmitting planet is able to collect more than one pair of significators provided they are within the moiety of orbs. Cancer. A fundamental consideration is are that sincere questions produce valid charts. • Moon in Via Combusta: not safe to judge unless it conjoins Spica. Jupiter therefore collects both their lights and brings them back into parallel again. always means s1 is faster) Example: The Moon at 2°51' Cancer applies by trine to Saturn at 6°04' Pisces. or Capricorn: it may not be safe to judge. Some classical considerations before judgment are: • Less than 3 degrees rising: a premature question.Consideration before Judgment A condition in a horary chart that cautions against reading the chart because it might not be radical or fit to judge. Collection of light by parallel of declination Example: Mercury at 24°15'N applies by contraparallel to Jupiter at 15°12'S. and the astrologer may be working with inadequate information. Although the outer planets are not used as main significators they can act as collectors of light. Modern astrologers sometimes call them "strictures" and regard them as warnings to proceed cautiously. Venus at 21°08'N applies by contraparallel to Jupiter. Collection of light by the antiscia . • Moon Void of Course: Nothing will come of the matter." The presence of the Moon in Taurus. or Pisces. especially in Gemini. Lilly comments that a combust ruler of the Ascendant means that the question will not take nor will the querent be regulated by the chart. Saturn therefore collects both their lights and brings them back into trine once again. • Moon Void of Course. • Saturn retrograde in 1st house: Matters will generally not work out well. Traditional astrologers sometimes refused to read a chart if a consideration before judgment appeared. or Pisces. • Saturn in the 7th house: Astrologer's judgment may be impaired. Lilly wrote: "All manner of matters go hardly on.

Also. FRUSTRATION Definition When two significators apply by major aspect to each other but before perfecting the slower of the two. they can be involved in translations of light. even if that 4th planet is a significator. therefore translates the light of Jupiter to the Sun by the antiscia. Mercury having separated from Venus' antiscion at 24°20' Aries. any one of the three planets involved in the translation can be prevented from aspecting a fourth planet which may or may not be a significator.aspect and b3 & s1 in appl. This is the first of two rules where inhibiting planets have the power to prevent major aspects from .aspect and b3 & s2 in appl. TRANSLATION OF LIGHT Definition When the Moon or a planet moving faster of both significators. it can act as a transmittor and reunite the two significators and bring perfection. The Sun at 15°11' Cancer having separated by trine from Jupiter's antiscion. Formula b3 & s1 in sep. Translations of light by parallel of declination Example: The Moon at 13°49'N separates by parallel from Saturn at 5°23'N and applies by contraparallel to Jupiter at 15°12'. Saturn therefore collects both their lights. Translations of light by antiscia Example: The Moon at 13°46' Leo separates by square from Jupiter's antiscion at 9°13' Scorpio and applies by sextile to the Sun's antiscion at 14°49' Gemini. aspects a third planet therefore frustrating the faster significator and leading to a "no" or negative answer to the question.aspect The power of translations The translation involving the three planets can prevent a fourth planet from aspecting any one of them. separates from one of them and applies to the other by major aspect. they can be involved in frustration. Formula s1 & s2 in applying aspect and s2 aspecting b3 before s1 & s2 aspect. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators. The transmitting planet can translate more than one separating significator to more than one applying significator as long as they are within the moiety of orbs. Example: Venus ruler of the ascendant at 25 Sagittarius has separated from a trine to Mars ruler of the 7th house at 22 Leo but the Moon at 24 Libra separates from a sextile to Mars and applies by sextile to Venus reuniting both planets by trine.aspect or b3 & s2 in sep.Example: Mercury at 1°33' Virgo and Venus at 5°40' Virgo both apply by conjunction to Saturn's antiscion point at 9°40' Virgo. The Moon translates the light of Saturn to Jupiter bringing them back into contraparallel once again. the planet doing the frustrating. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators.

Prohibition by antiscia Example: The Sun at 15°11' Cancer applies by trine to Mars' antiscion point at 21°32' Pisces but before perfecting Venus at 10°19' Leo will sextile the Sun's antiscion point at 14°49' Gemini therefore prohibiting the Sun Mars perfection. this will also function as a prohibition and will produce a negative answer to the question. Frustration by antiscia Example: The Moon at 24°45' Capricorn applies by square to the Sun's antiscion at 6°28' Taurus but before the perfection takes place the Sun at 23°32' Leo applies by square to Uranus' antiscion at 24°00' Scorpio therefore frustrates the Moon trine Sun's antiscion. PROHIBITION Definition A "no" or negative answer will result when two significators are applying by major aspect to each other but before perfecting. This is the traditional method of prohibition. if any planet applies to one of the significators before they perfect their aspect. they can be involved in prohibition. Frustration by parallel of declination Example: Mercury at 20°32'N applies by parallel to Venus at 17°51'N but before the perfection takes place Venus contraparallel Jupiter at 15°30'S. Example: Venus at 7° Aries applies to Mars at 10° Aries. Prohibition by parallel of declination Example: Mercury at 19°17'N applies by parallel to Venus at 24°19'N but is prohibited by the Sun at 23°02'N which perfects with Venus before Mercury perfects with Venus. but before the aspect is completed. This is the traditional description of prohibition. Jupiter therefore frustrates the Mercury parallel Venus. Prohibition involving the outer planets does not necessarily mean a "no" or negative answer. Venus trines Mars at 13° Leo. This rule is the second example of an inhibiting planet in action.perfecting between significators even though they are within the moiety of their orbs at the time of the question. but Mercury at 6° Aries first conjunct Venus then Mars before Venus and Mars perfect their conjunction. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators. . Formula s1 & s2 in applying aspect and b3 aspecting s1 before s1 & s2 aspect and b3 is not the Moon. Mercury is therefore the frustrated planet. These kind of prohibitions can in no way effect aspects or other rules involving the Moon and main significators. Nevertheless. Example: Mercury ruler of the ascendant at 8° Sagittarius is applying by conjunction to Venus ruler of the 2nd house of the quesited at 12° Sagittarius. the first receives a major aspect from a third faster planet such as Mercury or Venus which then in turn applies by major aspect to the second significator.

Refranation by antiscia Example: Mercury at 16°08' Virgo applies by opposition to the ascendant's antiscion degree at 18°55' Pisces. Refranation by parallel of declination Example: Mars at 7°04'N is applying by contraparallel to Jupiter at 16°24'S but Mars will turn stationary retrograde when it reaches 7°22'N therefore failing to perfect the contraparallel with Jupiter. ___________________ TERMS AND FORMULAE Significators = two bodies (Sun. Part of Fortune. Antiscium of longitude position: X = 180 X Contra-Antiscium: X = X Aspects Two objects are said to be in longitudinal aspect when the angle between them is equal to some specific value. especially when it is not a significator. Combustion has always been regarded as highly malefic in horary. This does not necessarily mean a "no" or negative answer. True Lunar Node. Mercury will turn stationary retrograde at 16°13' Virgo and fail to complete the perfection. COMBUSTION When the Sun is within 8°30' of a planet. Example: Mercury the ascendant ruler at 29° Aries is applying by conjunction with Venus ruling the 2nd house of the quesited at 3° Taurus. Mercury. there is no way of telling the outcome to the question. When the Sun is conjunct the ruler of the ascendant it will result in negative answers. When the Sun is conjunct the ascendant degree either separating or applying it can render the horary invalid. it combusts that planet and renders it powerless..Pluto) considered to be significant in the horoscope (s1. s2). either applying or separating.REFRANATION Definition Perfection is denied when one significator applying by major aspect to the other significator turns either stationary retrograde or direct before completing the aspect. Objects = bodies + Asc. within the average ("moiety") of their orbs.. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators. Combustion can occur either in or out of sign as it is the Sun's moiety of orbs that is the deciding factor. they can be involved in refranation. The fastest object is written first (houses are considered "immobile" and hence written last). MC. Combustion may occur as a result of collection or translation of light where planets are either separating or applying to combustion. Moon. In other words. The aspects used in this program are the classic major aspects: . but Mercury turns stationary retrograde at 1° Taurus therefore the aspect is never completed.

or Meridian system. starting from the ascendant (rising sign). The ascendant is the cusp of house 1. so for example. house cusps are considered like "fixed" points. Morinus. numbered anticlockwise. • contraparallel: planets have the opposite declination. and cusp 4 is called Immum Coeli (IC). Remark: the Koch and Placidus systems don't work in the polar circle._ .60° • square . Koch. Choose the Equal MC. Beware that the choice of your house system will influence the choice of the significators and hence the answers to your questions! Regiomontanus is recommended by most astrologers. the descendant: cusp 7. and the Equal house system. Placidus. Part of Fortune The Part of Fortune is calculated as follows: › = Asc + _ .• conjunction . if the Sun is 2 degrees before the ascendant at the moment of the horoscope. the midheaven or Medium Coeli (MC) cusp 10. House systems The "houses" are a division of the sky in 12 sectors. the time of perfection of this conjunction will be about 2 days instead of about 8 minutes ago (the actual moment of the sun rising).0° • sextile .] For a nocturnal chart: › = Asc + ] .120° • opposition .90° • trine . The starting point of each house is called its "cusp". Attention: In horary astrology.180° There are also declination aspects: • parallel: planets have the same declination. You can choose between the systems named after Regiomontanus. Campanus.

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