I was intrigued by astrologer Sue Ward’s post about how she cast a horary chart and within minutes located her passport, which went missing while she was in the process of moving house.
Sue teaches a course in traditional astrology and does not use the modern planets but I included them out of curiosity to see what they might add to the reading. The horary Ascendant is in late Scorpio, so the querent is ruled by Mars and Pluto and co-ruled by the Moon. Given the traditional 5-degree rule for house cusps, the Moon lies in the 2nd house of her possessions as does Pluto. Two of her three rulers occupying the house of the missing passport is testimony that she will recover the item. Mars in the 8th might mean that she was worried she has tossed the passport out in the garbage during the move.
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The Sagittarius cusp of the 2nd house makes Jupiter the ruler of the missing passport. Jupiter lies in Taurus near the beginning of the 6th house. Jupiter is retrograde and applies to a trine with Pluto in the 2nd. This Jupiter/Pluto trine will perfect by mutual application on October 28, 2011, according to the ephemeris – a strong argument that she will get the missing passport back.
The Sagittarius 2nd house cusp suggests a location near a wall. As Lilly says, a Fire sign means “it’s neer the Chimney, or where Iron is, or in, or neer the Walls of a house.” Pluto and Jupiter in earth signs, according to Lilly, suggest a place “on the ground or earth, under or neer some Pavement or Floor.” The 6th house location of Jupiter, ruler of the 2nd, suggests a place where she does her daily work like a home office or studio. The 6th house also rules containers, cupboards, file cabinets, desks, drawers, closets, and things used for organization and storage, including computers. Taurus can mean a place with little light, like a dark closet. Using the Golden Dawn astrological tarot attributions, it looks as if something has fallen due to excessive weight and one must stoop down to the ground to retrieve it.
Sue noticed the late Ascendant and got an image of “edges” and “between.” Moving out of one sign and into another can mean a location between rooms or between natural boundaries. Having studied the chart for only a few minutes, Sue writes: “So, down on the floor I went, under the desk, behind the computer and there they were. The passport and documents had fallen out of the back of the drawer.”
Why was she able to find the passport so quickly? I think because Mars, her primary significator, rules the Scorpio ASC and will very quickly trine the Pisces IC, which represents the end of the matter. Thus, the significator of the querent rapidly trines the end-of-the-matter 4th house cusp, which Lilly told us also signified buried treasure. Certainly finding the missing passport is analogous to finding missing treasure. Jupiter ties the IC to the missing passport because it happens to rule both the 2nd and the 4th houses.