My wife and I were visiting friends this weekend at their country home near Port Jervis, New York. About 10 a.m. my friend Michael was looking for a padlock he had recently purchased and could not find it. His wife asked me to do a horary chart to locate the missing padlock. The question occurred at 10:02 AM. Here is the chart (with Placidus houses).
I took a quick look at the chart and said that the missing padlock should be in a drawer or cabinet in the kitchen near a boundary with the bedroom. There is, in fact, a dresser in the kitchen near the hallway that leads to the bedroom. Michael said that the dresser was a logical place to look but that he had already searched there and could not find the padlock. (Michael is a total skeptic of horary.) His wife then looked carefully through the top drawer and, lo and behold, found the padlock under a multitude of other tools and odd pits and pieces of stuff. Michael regarded the whole episode as a lucky guess on my part.
My reasoning, however, was as follows. Michael’s possessions are ruled by the 2nd house with a Virgo cusp. Virgo usually represents places that are organized and compartmentalized, like cabinets and dressers with their drawers. Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, lies in Cancer which is associated with food, nurturing and kitchens. Mercury is also very near the cusp of the 12th house, which often symbolizes bedrooms in horary. Mars represents iron and steel and its appearance in Virgo in the 2nd house seemed to describe the missing item.
Looking at the symbolism in the chart and then looking around the kitchen, I thought that the dresser in the kitchen near the hallway to the bedroom was the most likely location. The dresser has two drawers above a cabinet-like compartment. I thus said I thought the lock was in one of the two drawers, probably the one closer to the bedroom, and that is where his wife found the missing lock.