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If you pick up a variety of horary astrology books, you will find that the techniques taught in them differ, sometimes only slightly, sometimes a great deal. This is. Evidence point out to the fact that Horary Astrology only began to be practiced in the West . jibticutepo.ml Horary Astrology Plain & Simple, by Anthony Louis. 2. Christian Astrology, by William Lilly. 3. Simplified Horary Astrology, by Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson. 4. The Only.
The Second House This house deals with the querent's movable possessions and anything they own. It concerns their money and whether they will become rich or not. The Third House All forms of communication, whether by letter, by postal delivery, telephone or fax, or the Internet. It was believed to be the house that dealt with rumours and gossip.
It has rulership over brothers and sisters and all siblings. Property, buildings, houses and homes and the land. It governs the father and family background. Creativity and the talents of the querent, children, lovers, casual affairs, sports and competition. The Sixth House Sickness and ill health, medicines, employees, people who render a service or do work for you.
The police and army. It is believed to describe working condition and part time work. Marriage and committed relationships, business partnerships, contracts with another, open enemies, the other.
Debts, other peoples' money, sex, death. The Ninth House Foreign travel and foreigners, visas and legal documents dealing with foreign countries. Higher education, studying at university or some other kind of college.
Religion and philosophy. The Tenth House Profession or career, one's public standing or reputation. The Judge in a court, Kings queens and monarchs. Some use Uranus as the primary ruler of Aquarius, and follow traditional rulerships for Pisces and Scorpio.
Early in my horary studies, I used modern rulerships, with good results. When I started learning traditional horary astrology, I used traditional rulerships only. Now, I've settled somewhere in between. I still consider the traditional planets the primary rulers, but will use Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto to answer a question when no aspects are made by traditional planets, or for confirmation, or added detail.
Equivalent to a benefic when welldignified. Well-dignified: confident, truthful, direct, humane, charitable. Ill-dignified:Vain, arrogant, untrustworthy, prone to vulgar displays of personal magnificence. Cold, moist, phlegmatic. Well-dignified: Well-mannered, soft-spoken, mild, prodigal and easily frightened. Illdignified: A vagabond, drunkard. A malcontent, impossible to Sun The giver of life.
Mature men, royalty, aristocrats. The father. Moon Queen, First lady, women in authority. Women in general. Wanderers, runaways. Seas, oceans. The "masses. Documents and contracts. Cars, transportation. Writers, stenographers, etc. Learning, school. Clever people, pranksters. Called "The Lesser Benefic. Partners, mothers, young women. Fine art. Pleasure and celebrations.
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Social events. Called "The Lesser Malefic. Guns, knives, weapons in general. Men, young through early middleage. Aggression, generally. Impulsive actions. Called "The Greater Benefic. Expansion, generally. Mature men. Lawyers please. Cold and dry. Neutral gender, except when conjunct another planet, in which case Mecury assumes the gender of that planet.
Neither benefic nor malefic, except when joined to a benefic or malefic planet. Well-dignified: Represents a clever thinker or learned person. An eloquent speaker. Witty and cunning and curious. Ill-dignified: "A troublesome wit. A liar and gossip and cheat. Well-dignified: Quiet, refined, pleasant. Prone to romantic entanglements.
Ill-dignified: Given to excess. Mars Hot and Dry. Well-dignified: Strong, courageous, victorious. Confident and bold, "yet of prudent behaviour in his own affaires" Lilly. Illdignified: Cruel.
A bully and braggart. Treacherous and violent. Someone not to be trusted. Jupiter "Temperately Hot and Moyst. Welldignified: Lilly says it best: and judges, legal clerks. Foreigners, long journeys. Priests, ministers. Careless, miserly. Well-dignified: "Prfound in imagination" Lilly. Grave in speech. Ill-dignified: Covetous and jealous. Avaricious, mistrustful. Gender neutral, considered by many astrologers to by the "higher octave" of Mercury. Zadkiel says, "The nature of Uranus is extremely evil.
Illdignified: Violent, unpredictable, unreliable, forgetful. Saturn Called "The Greater Malefic. Old age. Elderly men. Discipline and seriousness. Sudden events and surprises.
Unpredictable events, generally. Inventions and inventors. Sudden changes in fortune, good or bad depending Uranus on other factors in the chart. Confusion, drugs and alcohol. Depression and other psychological ailments. The Arts. Intuition and instinct. Death, sex.
An inexorable force. Other people's money, debts. Cutting and penetration. Perspective and transformation. A strong force. Well-dignified: Visionary, creative, telepathic, intuitive, gentle, dreamy, spiritual, other-worldly.
Illdignified: Out of touch with reality, hypochondriacal, given to substance abuse, impractical to a harmful degree, neurotic or psychotic. Neptune Well-dignified: Powerful, unyielding, irresistable.
Illdignified: Violent. Using wealth and power for ignoble purposes. That is, they are naturally fortunate planets. They may become unfortunate, though, depending on the question asked and the house they rule.
For example, if Jupiter rules the 8th house of death, it may very well not be fortunate at all. Similarly, a malefic Saturn or Mars may rule the 11th house of wishes, and may be applying to a sextile with the Ascendant ruler, indicating that the querent will get his wish.
Part of Fortune This is a point on the chart, not a planet. It and its dispositor can signify lost objects, money, possessions, and luck.
I use it only to confirm answers. I've never had a well-placed POF provide a positive answer in itself. Marc Edmund Jones uses the house location of the POF to show or confirm a querent's area of interest. The Lunar Nodes A "node" is the point at which a planet crosses the eliptic. All planets have nodes. I've only seen the Moon's nodes used in horary.
Marc Edmund Jones calls the North Node "a point of definite assistance wherever it is found," assuring cooperation and smooth transactions in areas ruled by the house in which it is found. The North Node is the Moon's ascending node.
Jones calls this point an impediment in any horary chart, and shows selfundoing or a lack of common sense. The Signs Planetary traits are qualified by the signs they inhabit. In a later lesson, I'll provide more information for using signs to find lost objects, to describe illnesses, and to determine physical characteristics.
Here, now, we'll just look at some of the characteristics and correspondences of the 12 signs. Also called "Moveable" signs. Cardinal signs signal initiation, beginnings, action. A Cardinal Ascendant can show a quick start. Cardinal signs on all the angles show a sustained, quick movement of the matter, and a quick resolution. Seasons change with the Cardinal signs.
Fixed Signs. These represent an established force. They show stability and rootedness. Change does not occur quickly. Prominent fixed signs can show that the querent is "dug in," stubborn, conservative, stable. Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson says that a fixed cross shows that "there is no stopping the proceedings.
Also called "Common" signs. They mark the end of one season and the beginning of the next. They signal imminent change, flexibility.
Also, instability. A mutable cross signals changeability, or unstable conditions. Questions described by a mixed cross often begin in the manner denoted by the mode of the signs on the ascendant and 7th house, and continue or end in the manner dentoed by the mode of the signs on MC and IC. Sign Rulership and Planetary Dignity In horary, at least traditional horary, there's much more to Planetary dignity than we typical deal with in contemporary natal astrology.
We'll get the basics of essential dignity out of the way here, though, and go into more detail in a later lesson. The gist, though, is this: Planets are stronger--or more "comfortable" in some signs than others.
The following table summarizes planetary standing in the signs. Generally speaking, in horary charts planets reflect the debilitated state of that which they represent. When a well-digified planet represents the querent, for instance, it can show that he is healthy, held in high esteem, or able to accomplish his goals: he is "well-positioned.
A poorly dignified planet, say, representing the quesited, can show that what the seeker hopes for will fall short of his expectations, or for some reason ought not be pursued. Example Here's an example in which the quesited's ruler is poorly dignified. The chart was cast in the Koch house system.
There is no agreement between the planetary hour ruler and the Ascendant, so whether the chart is valid is arguable. I had the querent's natal chart, though, and saw that the planetary hour ruler matched the natal Ascendant ruler--not in itself a compelling sign of validity. But the horary Ascendant adequately describes the querent, who is bookish and until very recently worked as a teacher.
I decided to read the chart. The Querent is ruled by Mercury, and co-ruled by the Moon. The quesited--the job--is a 10th house matter. With Aquarius on the 10th, Saturn rules the job.
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In Koch, the Moon is in the 10th. This suggests that the querent is currently in a period of transition that will resolve itself in some manner of increased stability. The Moon's last major aspect was a sextile to Saturn, which in this chart rules the 8th, 9th, and 10th houses.
Recently, he quit his job teaching to move to another state, where his wife was offered an excellent job opportunity. A long-distance move is apt 9th house symbolism. The Moon's next major aspect is a sextile to Mercury, natural ruler of tests. He would soon be taking the written exam for the law enforcement job, and the sextile suggests he will do well.
He is concerned that past health problems will automatically disqualify him from the race, even though his health now is excellent; this is what motivated him to ask a horary question. That Saturn is in the 12th house of hospitalization confirms that, at the very least, the people in a position to give him a job will be concerned about his past problems. Mercury is dignified by term, but weak by house the 6th is considered a malefic house-- it rules illness.
The Moon is peregrine. It is, however, acidentally dignified by house. Not bad, either of them. Saturn, though--the job--is severely debilitated rating a Saturn is not a surprising planet to show up representing a government job, but in this chart it is retrograde, and peregrine.
It resides in the 12th house of self-undoing.
Furthermore, Mercury is conjunct the fixed star Unukalhai, at 22Scorp Unukalhai signfies success, followed by downfall. Not a good sign. The Ascendant is conjunct Aldebaran, signifying courage, violence, and sickness. Things don't look good. There are no strong aspect between the major players. Regarding career questions, however, Lilly says that "if none of the Significators be joyned to the Lord of the 10th, see if the Lord of the 1st or Moon be in the 10th, he shall then attain what he desires, if that planet be not impedited.
At the time of this writing, the querent is still pursuing the job, but the chart seems to suggest this: That although the prospect for his obtaining the job does not look very strong, there is a chance that in spite of his past health problems he will be offered a job. He ought to think twice--seriously--about taking, it, though, because it will not be what he hoped it would be, and more likely than not he will be unhappy at best in the position. More Signs Miscellany Lilly uses various properties of the sign when considering charts.
For instance, if a man or a woman asks, "Will we ever have children? Jones says, "The last half of Sagittarius only. Jones includes the first half of Sagittarius. According to Lilly, if the Ascendant ruler is in a bestial sign, the querent will shows some characteristics of the animal represented by that sign.
Conversely, if the significator is in a human sign, or if a human sign ascends, the querent will be more refined, and of "civil carriage. End of Lesson 3 Aspects in Horary Astrology You can probably become a fine horary astrologer without being able to define terms like "platic," "partile," "dexter," "sinister," "moiety," and so forth.
In fact, I half-suspect, at times, that some astrologers fancy the convolutions of medieval and Renaissance-era astrology because these additional factors can be turned to when their reading of a chart doesn't turn out as they hoped: "Ah, I neglected to take into consideration that it was a sinister application. That's why I got it wrong!
Nevertheless, these considerations can add useful detail. The danger is not in knowing too much, but in trying to use it all in every chart. If there is a Golden Rule in horary astrology, it might be that, "If the major significators answer the question clearly, stop!
The Aspects Most astrologers consider only the major--or Ptolemaic--aspects in horary, viz. Other astrologers, such as Joan McEvers, include the quincunx as one of the major aspect. Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson included the Parallel with the major aspects, but considered the quincunx a minor aspect. Generally, I look to only the Ptolemaic aspects for strong answers, use the quincunx for confirmation or description, and ignore parallels.
Following is a table summarizing commonly used aspects, their natures, and orbs. Positive or negative depending on the question and the nature of the planets. Opportunity, success with effort. Obstacles, frustration, strain. Success, good fortune, goals easier to accomplish than with a sextile.
Separation, rending, conflict. Adjustment, dislocation, disrepair. The querent is always ruled by the first house. The Moon is considered a co-ruler of the querent.
In some cases, it may rule the question--for instance, it may co-rule a lost object. Planets in the first house are also co-rulers of the querent.
If Libra is rising, and the Sun and Mercury are in the first house, then the querent is ruled first by Venus, then by the Moon, Sun, and Mercury. In some cases it may be more useful to use a co-ruler to rule the querent, such as when the same planet rules the sign on the cusp of the querent and the quesited. To receive an accurate answer, you must successfully place the question in its house.
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This subject deserves-- and will get--its own lesson. Briefly, though, the nature of a question determines which house it is assigned. The ruler of the question is that planet that rules the sign on the cusp of the appropriate house. Generally, other people are ruled by the 7th house. If you ask about a relative, though, he belongs to the house that rules that relative.
So, too, do questions asked in such a way that a relationship is established. For example, since the 11th house rules friends, and the 4th house rules fathers, if you asked, "Will my father's friend get his promotion?
Complicated, huh? More about this in Lesson 3. A rule of thumb I've found useful is to determine in which house I will place the question before casting the chart, to avoid being swayed by any bias. Often, though, the chart itself will reveal other things that need to be considered.
Strictures are conditions within a chart restricting its interpration. Traditionally, charts were not to be read if they contained certain strictures. In my own experience, I have found that while strictures may make interpretation difficult, they don't necessarily prohibit it; often, they merely warn the astrologer to proceed with great care.
Here are "Lilly's Considerations Before Judgment. Lilly says the ruler of the hour at the time the question is proposed must be the same as the ruler of the Ascendant, or of the same triplicity or nature. You might also compare the horary ascendant to the querent's natal chart ascendant.
Similarities between them, or the conjunction of a natal planet with the horary ascendant can indicate a radical chart. Lilly warns against judging a chart with 0 - 3 degrees rising, unless the seeker is very young, and his physical charateristic "agree with the quality of the sign ascending.
Late degrees may also signify that the question has been asked too late, that conditions have changed making the question obsolete, According to Lilly, a chart is not safe to judge when the Moon is in the later degrees of a sign, especially Gemini, Scorpio, and Capricorn. The chart is also not safe to judge when the Moon is in the Via Combusta, or "Fiery Way," which lies from 15 degrees Libra to 15 degress Scorpio. According to Lilly, things rarely progressed as hoped when the Moon was Void of Course, unless other factors in the chart were very strong.
Lilly says that sometimes "she performs if void of course, and be either in Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces. Where is the Moon? Moon Void of Course Lilly and Dariot regarded a void of course Moon as a Moon that did not begin any applying, major ptolemaic aspects conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition before leaving her sign. Modern astrologers, however, regard a VOC Moon as one that does not complete any major aspects before leaving her sign.
I tend to favor Lilly's definition because I have not found that a VOC Moon by the modern definition necessarily disqualifies a chart. Lilly advises that the astrologer be wary when the cusp of the 7th house is afflicted, or the planet ruling that house is retrograde or otherwise afflicted in its fall, or terms of a malefic, for instance.
Except when the astrologer asks a question for himself in which case she is ruled by the 1st , the 7th house, as the house of "other people," rules the astrologer, and an affliction can indicate difficulty reading the chart, or mistaken analysis. Astrologers, especially traditional horary astrologers, always prick up their ears when Saturn is in the 7th. An exception to this rule occurs when the question itself is a 7th-house matter.
If Saturn is in the 1st House or, presumably, conjunct the Ascendent , then the matter will rarely work out as the seeker hopes, especially when Saturn is retrograde. An exception to this rule may be when Saturn's placement in the first is somehow descriptive of what's going on. Look at the chart, "Will I get the Anullment? In this case, the seeker did indeed get what he wanted: the anullment.
It was, however, delayed, and Saturn often signifies delay. As already noted, "Saturn in the seventh either corrupts the judgment of the Astrologer, or is a Sign the matter propounded will come from one misfortune to another.
Is the Asdendant ruler combust? When the Moon is too close to the Sun, it is--so the wisdom went--"burned up" by its heat, and therefore unable to perform. A planet is combust when it is: 1. Where's Saturn? If, however, a planet is withing 17 minutes of the Sun, it is considered "Cazimi," and is greatly strengthed. According to William Lilly, , "If the Lord of the Ascendant be combust, neither the question propounded will take, nor the querent be regulated.
In other words, the chart does not give any clear answer. The positives are balanced equally by the negatives. In such cases, I will reluctantly resort to minor aspects, and Lilly's point system as tie-breakers. I always feel as though I'm on thing ice, though. Equal Testimonies 4. Does the Chart Describe the Question? William Lilly believed that it was of primary importance that a chart's Ascendant ruler matched the planetary hour ruler, or that the triplicity of the Ascendant was the same as the planetary hour ruler, or, finally, that the Ascendant ruler and the planetary hour were of the same nature.
If there is no match, then the Ascendant should physically describe the querent more on this in a later lesson. I do use these means to validate charts, but generally, I look at the chart as whole to see if it describes the situation in some way.
Particularly, I look to see if the lights Sun and Moon reside in houses pertinent to the question, or if the Moon's separating aspects somehow describe some recent event. Also, do the houses with the signs ruled by the lights Cancer and Leo have something to do with the question?
To be wholly comfortable with the "fit" of a chart, I like to see at least three confirmations, but I will read a chart when there are fewer, especially if they are particularly descriptive. Here's are some examples of how one may gauge a chart's fit. They were cast in the Koch house system. In the first chart, the Ascendant is ruled by Saturn I always use the ancient planets as primary rulers, and often, if not always, ignore Uranus, Pluto, and Neptune as primary significators.
The planetary hour is also ruled by Saturn. The Moon is in the 9th house of long-distance travel, which a move to California would involve since the seeker would be moving very nearly across the country. The Ascendant ruler, Saturn, is in the 2nd house of money; the seeker was concerned about the considerably higher cost of living in California.
Finally, Leo, the sign ruled by the Sun, is on the cusp of the 7th. In questions involving relocation, the 4th house rules the present home, and the 7th rules the place you are moving to. That the sign of a light is on the cusp of the 7th, then, is entirely appropriate. The Moon's last major aspect to a traditional planet is a sextile to Mercury, which rules the 4th. The querent felt a keen attachment to his current home and did not want to leave. Saturn, the querent, is applying to a square of the Sun, ruling California in this chart: he does not want to go.
In fact, this aspect alone seems to be urging them not to go. The chart adequately describes the situation. They did, in fact, move to California. It was a difficult and expensive move and the querent is very unhappy there. The second example regards a seeker's attempt to secure a marriage anullment from his first wife.
He had since remarried and wished to join the Roman Catholic Church, and they were requiring him first to endure a protracted and complicated anullment process. His ex-wife was inexplicably bitterly opposing the anullment.
Probably the first thing to note is that there are two obvious strictures against judgment. First, the Ascendant is within the last 3 degrees of the sign, and the Moon is void of course it makes no major aspect before leaving its sign. Nevertheless, look at how well the chart describes the situation.
First, the Moon is in the 9th of relgion and legal matters. The Catholic church has its own court--a "marriage tribunal"--to judge these cases according to canon law.
One of the seeker's main reasons for joining the church was because his daughter, who lived with her mother, was being raised in it, and he wanted to share this part of his daughter's life with her. Leo is on the cusp of the 5th of children. The Ascendant ruler is Mars, and the planetary hour ruler is the Sun--planets of the same nature, fiery.
Saturn rules the tribunal, and is retrograde in the the 12th, on the cusp of the Ascendant. This could signify delay, and in fact, the seeker's Advocate at the tribunal told him that his ex-wife was using every obstructionist tactic she could come up with, and successfully delay the procedure prompting him to ask this horary question.
The Moon's last aspect was a trine to Saturn, which rules the 10th the tribunal. Sometimes, a Void of Course Moon, or an Asc. There was nothing the querent could do to speed up the process. Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson regarded some degrees as critical, among them, 29 degrees of any sign. About this, she writes, "The 29th degree shows some misfortune connected with the matter: The person or matter asked about is changing, at the end of his rope or patience, or desperate. Guido Bonatus, and ancient astrologer, regarded early- and late-degree Ascendants as an indication of the seeker's insincerity: that the seeker was only trying to test the astrologer.
This was a difficult chart to judge. There were no strong indications one way or another. I told the seeker this, and that I was not comfortable rendering a judgment on this chart, but that if I had to choose--with a gun to my head--I would say that after much delay it would be judged that his case was stronger, and that therefore he would get the anullment. I based this judgment primarily on the fact that using Lilly's point system for judging the strengths of the planets, Mars him was considerably stronger than Venus the ex-wife.
Also, the Part of Fortune resided in the first house. Also, the Moon's next major aspect was a distant trine to Jupiter in the 11th house of hopes and goals.
Jupiter also rules the 9th of legal matters. Eventually, he got his anullment. The Moon is A Co-Ruler. Generally, the Moon is considered a co-ruler of the querent, secondary in weight to the ruler of the ascendant.
Often, the Moon's house, sign, and aspects will describe some aspect of the querent's situation, or an area of concern. A favorable aspect involving the Moon may not be enough in itself to ensure a favorable outcome to the question, but it certainly helps. In matters involving lost objects, the Moon is considered a co-ruler of the lost object. The Moon's past major aspects describe events leading up to the question as do other separating aspects made by other pertinent planets.
The Moon's applying aspects describe situations the querent will encounter; only the aspects the Moon makes through until it leaves its current sign are significant. Favorable aspects indicate a favorable outcome. Only the major ptolemaic aspects are considered, generally.
Joan McEvers also looks at the quincunx, and may consider minor aspects if no others are made. Of course, other considerations may need to be taken into account, but generally this rule holds true. Conjunctions, sextiles, and trines indicate positive relationships.
In some cases a conjunction may be negative, if the joining, or coming together that it symbolizes is undesirable. Similarly, negative aspects indicate a negative outcome. Squares indicate frustration, oppositions show separations. Generally, no major aspect indicates no major action. It doesn't necessarily mean "No," however.
If the chart is radical, and there are no major positive or negative aspects, look for other positive or negative indicators, such as significant planets conjunct strongly positive or negative degrees, or fixed stars, or malefics rising see below. Always search the chart for additional conditions, aspects, and so on, that confirm the major aspect. Two or three confirmations should be sufficient.
More are even better. In some cases, where there are conflicting aspects, go with the preponderance of indicators. Pay Attention to Rising Planets. Malefics rising confirm but don't in themselves usually yield a negative answer. Benefics rising confirm a positive answer.
Saturn Rising. This can show delay and worry. Mars Rising. This can show disagreement or quarreling. Disruption and change.
Neptune Rising. Can indicate deception, confusion, indecision, weakness. Seeker may not have a clear or accurate picture of what he desires. Uranus Rising.
Sudden events. Seeker may change his mind. Expect unexpected. Malefic degrees, fixed stars, Arabic Parts. Other factors that affect planetary strength and the perfection of aspects will be further discussed in later lessons.
Houses in Horary Astrology Assigning the Matter to a House Simply, if you can't place the question in the right house, you can't answer the question. True, signs and planets are important, but natural rulerships are of secondary importance to house rulership. For instance, Mars might be a natural ruler of soldiers, policemen, accidents, and so forth.
But if you were asking a question like, "Will the police catch the thief? And the 7th house would represent the thief. When judging a question, always look first to the rulers of the appropriate houses.
I always try to assign a house to the matter before looking at the chart. I may change my mind while reading the chart, but only if there is a compelling reason within the chart to do so, or if I have made an obvious error.
Choosing the house ahead of time helps me avoid wishful bias in my interpretation, and allows me better to see in a chart what I might not see in the querent's description of the situation, or even the querent himself.
Choosing a House System You also need to decide which house system to use. Among traditional astrologers, Regiomontanus is the house system du jour because it is the house system favored by William Lilly. I have successfully used Regiomontanus, Koch, and Placidus. For a long time, I used Regiomontanus. Lately, I've been using Koch--for no good reason other than the pleasure I get from experimenting.
If you use Regiomontanus, keep in mind that William Lilly observed a 5-degree cusp orb. When a planet was within 5 degrees of the cusp of the next house, he considered the planet to be a resident of that house.
Say, for instance, that the Ascendant is at 15Aq Say, too, that Venus is at 8Aq40, and Uranus is at 11Aq Employing the 5-degree cusp rule, Venus would reside in the 12th House, but Uranus would be considered a resident of the 1st House, regardless of where you drew it on the physical chart. I only observe the 5-degree cusp rule with Regiomontanus houses, although the ancients, who used house systems other than Regiomontanus, observed the rule with whatever house system they used. It seems to me, though, that one ought to draw a line somewhere: Either a planet is in a house or it isn't.
Horary analysis can be difficult enough as it is without adding additional mugwumping. I've found it instructive to look at the same chart using different house system, although this sort of comparison hasn't really shown one system to be preferable, overall, over another, at least not in my own studies. Although reading the same chart in different house systems will often yield remarkably similar results even when a change of houses changes significators , I think it's wise to consider the chart drawn in house system the chart was "born" in as the question's "real" chart, and to use it to answer the question.
For the same reason you don't ask the same question more than once, you also don't shop around for a house system that yields the desired answer. A horary chart maps a moment in time, and convergence of chance and choice, part of which involves the astrologer's choice of house system, even if that choice is somehow accidental. This, at least, has been my experience. House Rulership The table below employs house rulerships drawn both from modern and traditional sources.
Reading horary astrology books, you will come across some apparent contradictions. For instance, modern astrologers generally assign the mother to the 4th house, and the father to the 10th. Traditionally, this is reversed, and the father is ruled by the 4th, the mother by the 10th. Noel Tyl advises that you let the 10th represent the "dominant parent," whoever it might be.
Modern astrologers' reasoning for assinging mothers to the 4th and fathers to the 10th runs something along these lines: The 4th is ruled by Cancer and represents the home and security, therefore, it is natural that mothers and motherhood should be associated with this house; the 10th is a house of authority, and traditionally fathers are the authority figures within a family, so it is natural to place fathers and fatherhood in the 10th. Nevertheless, while I follow Tyl's advice when doing natal astrology, I follow Lilly's when doing horary.
It was what I learned when I started doing horary, and it has yielded good results, so I have found no need to change. Lilly says: The Mothers Significators are, First, the 10th house. Secondly, the Lord thereof. Thirdly, Venus in a diurnall Nativity, Moon in a nocturnall. Fourthly, a Planet or Planets in the 10th house. Although Lilly was talking about natal charts, the same rulerships can be applied to horary charts.
Thirdly, the Sun in a diurnall Geniture, Saturn in a nocturnall. Fourthly, the Planet or Planets in the 4th are considerable. I think it's easiest to choose whichever rulership you prefer, and to stick with it. For the most part, this skipping will depend on ther quesited's i.
For instance, say you ask a question about your grandmother--your father's mother. If you take the 4th to rule the father, then the 10th from the 4 will rule the father's mother, or your grandmother, which places paternal grandmothers in the 1st house.This branch of astrology is used to discern the nature of the past, present, and future of the matter inquired about. Venus and the Moon.
The occult. A corporation's assets. Traditional horary astrologers, especially, eschew sometimes with the same amusing vehemence with which they deny their own fundamentalism any technique not espoused by William Lilly, Henry Coley, Bonatus, Ptolemy, and other longdead astrologers.
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