The recent news of the missing college student who was found drowned in Wilmette Harbor got me thinking about other cases of death by drowning. Here is the chart for the missing student’s last ping from his cell phone:
I was struck by Aquarius, the Water Bearer (associated with the flooding of the Nile in ancient Egypt), on the 8th cusp of death. Neptune, god of oceans, occupies the 8th. The 8th ruler Saturn occupies the 4th of endings and squares the ASC. The modern 8th ruler Uranus conjoins the MC and squares Pluto. The ruler of the ASC (the missing student) conjoins the 6th cusp of illness and distress.
This chart reminded me of another case from the horary literature. Simmonite in his 19th century book recounting his 20 years of experience doing horary mentioned a chart about a querent who asked whether his “absconded mother was dead or alive.” The question was asked on February 11, 1850 at 6:30 p.m. in Sheffield, England. (I noticed a typo in my 1996 book on horary, which lists the time as 6:36 p.m. but the analysis remains almost the same.)
Simmonite (1809 – 1863) uses the traditional rulership of the 10th house for the querent’s mother. The Taurus 10th is ruled by Venus, less than 2 minutes later Gemini would be on the MC, making Mercury the mother’s ruler. In this case it doesn’t matter much because Venus and Mercury are conjunct in Aquarius in the 6th house. Simmonite used this chart to illustrate certain principles in his book on horary. Here is a quote from the 1896 edition of his text:
The above quote appears on page 11o of Simmonite’s 1896 book:
Here are Simmonite’s rules (derived from his reading of William Lilly and his 20 years of experience doing horary charts) paraphrased and generalized to any missing person and to the house (and derived houses) of the missing person in the horary chart:
If the ruler of the person’s 8th lies in the horary 8th, and is an infortune, she is dead. [In the absconded mother’s chart, Saturn rules the mother’s death (5th house = 8th of 10th) and occupies the horary 8th.]
There is danger of death if Mars or Saturn lies in the house representing the missing person or the horary 8th. If Saturn, she is drowned. If Mars, violence as the cutting of the throat, shooting, hanging, etc. [In the absconded mother’s chart, Mars occupies the 10th of the mother and Saturn occupies the horary 8th.]
If the ruler of the missing person or of their 8th house, or of the horary 8th house, is afflicted, there is danger of death. [In the absconded mother chart, Venus rules the mother and trines Mars in the 10th in signs of short ascension, making it act like a square. Venus is combust the Sun. Jupiter, which rules the horary 8th, is square Mars in the 10th of the mother.]
If the ruler of the missing person lies in the horary 4th and squares the Moon, she is dead.
If the Moon or the ruler of the missing person conjoins the ruler of the horary 6th or 8th in the person’s 8th, or in the horary 8th or 4th, she is dead.
If the ruler of the missing person or the Moon is combust the Sun and occupies the person’s 8th or the horary 6th, 8th or 4th, she is dead. [In the absconded mother chart, both Venus and Mercury are combust the Sun in the horary 6th. The Moon, a natural signifier of mothers and ruler by exaltation of the 10th of mothers is also combust the Sun. William Lilly defined “combust” as being in the same sign as the Sun and within 8° 30′ of the Sun; beyond that, but within 17 ° of the Sun, a planet is said to be “under the Sun’s beams.” Here Mercury may be just a little beyond the boundary of combustion.]
Simmonite did not make much use of Arabic parts. In the chart for 6:30 p.m., however, the Anareta (an indicator of death calculated at night as ASC + ASC_Ruler – Moon) lies in the 12th house of suicide at 4 Virgo 08, almost exactly opposite Neptune (drowning). Neptune, of course, is the modern ruler of the 8th house of death in this horary chart.
Addendum: Here is the chart in response to Russ’s question below in Comments.
Here is Russ’s horary for the same matter (see comments related to this post):