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

This point is very important as the astrologer is at the mercy of the querent in the sense that the question posed. House System "In my experience the Regiomontanus house system has proven to be the most successful system in horary. or it may be that the astrologer simply does not understand. open . The Sixth House Sickness and ill health. has deeper meanings for the querent. children. The Fifth House Creativity and the talents of the querent. telephone or fax. It was believed to be the house that dealt with rumours and gossip. they will only succeed in deceiving themselves. which may appear to be simple enough. The Seventh House Marriage and committed relationships. 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 astrologer will be unaware of these deeper meanings unless they interrogate the querent until they understand the question fully. (Maurice McCann) Using the houses in horary astrology: The First House Represents the person asking the question. or it may be that they have difficulty in clarifying their question. twice. lovers. houses and homes and the land. It is believed to describe working condition and part time work. business partnerships. It concerns their money and whether they will become rich or not. or the Internet. Each astrologer must test the accuracy of their own favourite house system for themselves". The Second House This house deals with the querent's movable possessions and anything they own. contracts with another. the astrologer decides to postpone the moment and ask again at a later time. If. The police and army. buildings. whether by letter. The Fourth House Property. 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. perhaps in a diary especially kept for horary. 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.horoscope. sports and competition. It is best to be certain of the question before delineating the horoscope. It governs the father and family background. other house systems may be used if preferred. medicines. It is the horoscope that was drawn for the moment when the question was first asked that is the valid one. 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. casual affairs. 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. employees. There may be personal reasons for this. It is essential to keep a record of questions in order to avoid asking the same question or one very similar to it. It has rulership over brothers and sisters and all siblings. Nevertheless. by postal delivery. people who render a service or do work for you. The Third House All forms of communication.

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. visas and legal documents dealing with foreign countries.enemies. Astrology. 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. studying at university or some other kind of college. The Judge in a court. prisons. from the French word for half. sex. associations. Success and winning a game of court battle. 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. secret enemies. moitiй. large groups of people. death. The Tenth House Profession or career. The Twelfth House All secret hidden matters. It is believed to be the first time in written form that each planet was allocated a certain number of degrees for its orbs. other peoples' money. . 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. Religion and philosophy. one's public standing or reputation. The Eighth House Debts. Exams. it would be reasonable to allow 8 degrees each for Uranus. Kings queens and monarchs. This was later called the moiety of the orbs. Neptune and Pluto until proven otherwise. Higher education. The famous English astrologer William Lilly gave the following list as his preferred set of orbs. The Eleventh House Friends and acquaintances. hospitals and institutions. The Ninth House Foreign travel and foreigners.

• Moon Void of Course: Nothing will come of the matter. Cancer. or Capricorn: it may not be safe to judge. • The Ascendant ruler is combust the Sun: The querent is quite worried. the transmitting planet is able to collect more than one pair of significators provided they are within the moiety of orbs. • Moon in Via Combusta: not safe to judge unless it conjoins Spica. or Pisces. Sometimes the considerations before judgment give relevant information about the question. • More than 27 degrees rising: a post-mature 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. Venus at 21°08'N applies by contraparallel to Jupiter. 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. Collection of light DEFINITION When the two main significators each applies by major aspect to a third planet. • Moon in a late degree. • Moon Void of Course. or Pisces somewhat mitigates the effect of being Void of Course. Sagittarius. Sagittarius. Scorpio. Cancer. Jonathan Clarks adds "unless the question is about a seventh house subject". A fundamental consideration is are that sincere questions produce valid charts. Cancer. Mercury at 2°19' Pisces applies by conjunction to Saturn. Although the outer planets are not used as main significators they can act as collectors of light." The presence of the Moon in Taurus. • Saturn in the 7th house: Astrologer's judgment may be impaired. Lilly wrote: "All manner of matters go hardly on. Furthermore. Jupiter therefore collects both their lights and brings them back into parallel again. Some classical considerations before judgment are: • Less than 3 degrees rising: a premature question. Collection of light by the antiscia . 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. Sagittarius. • 7th house ruler afflicted: Astrologer will have difficulty answering the question. Formula s1 & b3 in applying aspect and s2 & b3 in applying aspect. Saturn therefore collects both their lights and brings them back into trine once again. (b3 is a third body. Whether the planets apply by direct or retrograde motion to the transmitting planet is of no importance. Yet the Moon performs somewhat when void of course in Taurus. The Moon may function when Void of Course in Taurus. Traditional astrologers sometimes refused to read a chart if a consideration before judgment appeared. when the Moon is void of course. this third planet can act as a transmittor and collect their lights bringing them back into aspect again. or Pisces. especially in Gemini. unless the principal significators are very strong. Modern astrologers sometimes call them "strictures" and regard them as warnings to proceed cautiously. • Saturn retrograde in 1st house: Matters will generally not work out well. always means s1 is faster) Example: The Moon at 2°51' Cancer applies by trine to Saturn at 6°04' Pisces.

even if that 4th planet is a significator. The Moon translates the light of Saturn to Jupiter bringing them back into contraparallel once again. they can be involved in translations of light. Formula s1 & s2 in applying aspect and s2 aspecting b3 before s1 & s2 aspect. therefore translates the light of Jupiter to the Sun by the antiscia.aspect The power of translations The translation involving the three planets can prevent a fourth planet from aspecting any one of them. This is the first of two rules where inhibiting planets have the power to prevent major aspects from .aspect or b3 & s2 in sep. separates from one of them and applies to the other by major aspect. aspects a third planet therefore frustrating the faster significator and leading to a "no" or negative answer to the question. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators. Formula b3 & s1 in sep. the planet doing the frustrating. 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. 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. 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.aspect and b3 & s2 in appl.aspect and b3 & s1 in appl. Also. Saturn therefore collects both their lights.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. Mercury having separated from Venus' antiscion at 24°20' Aries. they can be involved in frustration. The Sun at 15°11' Cancer having separated by trine from Jupiter's antiscion. FRUSTRATION Definition When two significators apply by major aspect to each other but before perfecting the slower of the two. 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. 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. 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'.

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. This rule is the second example of an inhibiting planet in action. 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. Nevertheless. This is the traditional description of prohibition. These kind of prohibitions can in no way effect aspects or other rules involving the Moon and main significators. 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. Jupiter therefore frustrates the Mercury parallel Venus. PROHIBITION Definition A "no" or negative answer will result when two significators are applying by major aspect to each other but before perfecting. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators. Venus trines Mars at 13° Leo. but before the aspect is completed. Mercury is therefore the frustrated planet. this will also function as a prohibition and will produce a negative answer to the question.perfecting between significators even though they are within the moiety of their orbs at the time of the question. they can be involved in prohibition. but Mercury at 6° Aries first conjunct Venus then Mars before Venus and Mars perfect their conjunction. 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. if any planet applies to one of the significators before they perfect their aspect. Formula s1 & s2 in applying aspect and b3 aspecting s1 before s1 & s2 aspect and b3 is not the Moon. Example: Venus at 7° Aries applies to Mars at 10° Aries. . Prohibition involving the outer planets does not necessarily mean a "no" or negative answer. 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: 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. This is the traditional method of prohibition.

it combusts that planet and renders it powerless. either applying or separating. 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 may occur as a result of collection or translation of light where planets are either separating or applying to combustion. Moon. ___________________ TERMS AND FORMULAE Significators = two bodies (Sun. True Lunar Node. s2). within the average ("moiety") of their orbs. This does not necessarily mean a "no" or negative answer. Example: Mercury the ascendant ruler at 29° Aries is applying by conjunction with Venus ruling the 2nd house of the quesited at 3° Taurus. 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. When the Sun is conjunct the ruler of the ascendant it will result in negative answers. 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. Part of Fortune. Objects = bodies + Asc. The fastest object is written first (houses are considered "immobile" and hence written last). In other words. Combustion has always been regarded as highly malefic in horary. Although the three outer planets are not used as main significators.Pluto) considered to be significant in the horoscope (s1. they can be involved in refranation. MC.. there is no way of telling the outcome to the question. The aspects used in this program are the classic major aspects: . Combustion can occur either in or out of sign as it is the Sun's moiety of orbs that is the deciding factor.. Refranation by antiscia Example: Mercury at 16°08' Virgo applies by opposition to the ascendant's antiscion degree at 18°55' Pisces. but Mercury turns stationary retrograde at 1° Taurus therefore the aspect is never completed. When the Sun is conjunct the ascendant degree either separating or applying it can render the horary invalid.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. Mercury.

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

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