A woman was quite distraught to learn that her brother-in-law was being admitted to the hospital for a heart-related problem. Because he had suffered a serious heart attack in the past, she was worried that he might die during this hospitalization and asked whether he was likely to expire this weekend during his hospital stay. The question was asked on Wednesday May 8, 2013. Here is the horary chart with Regiomontanus cusps (which Lilly preferred).
The question was asked on a Mercury day during a Jupiter hour.
Libra rises, so Venus rules the querernt who happens to be born with her natal Sun in Taurus, ruled by Venus. Retrograde Saturn in the 1st appropriately reflects her distraught state of mind. The ASC in the Via Combusta probably has a similar significance.
Her brother-in-law, who lives at a distance, is shown by the Gemini 9th house, which is the 7th of partners from the 3rd of siblings. His house of death is the Capricorn 4th of the horary chart because the 4th is the 8th of death from the 9th of the brother-in-law.
Thus, Mercury rules the brother-in-law and Saturn rules his potential death. Because Jupiter lies in the 9th and closely conjoins the cusp of the 9th, Jupiter could also represent the brother-in-law.
The question becomes in what way Saturn (death) affects Mercury or Jupiter (the brother-in-law) in the horary chart. There are no aspects forming between Saturn and either Mercury or Jupiter. In fact, Mercury is about 7 degrees past an opposition to Saturn and the two planets are mutually separating. There is no suggestion here that he will die the weekend.
Emerson’s Point of Death (Saturn + Mars – MC) lies at 24 Leo 18 and makes no aspects to any significant point in the chart. I often find Emerson’s point active in charts where death is the outcome.
The only troublesome aspect appears to the the Moon mutually applying to an opposition with Saturn in 1.5 degrees. The Moon rules the 10th house (2nd of the 9th), so it may have some connection with the brother-in-law’s possessions or income. Perhaps the hospitalization will be quite costly for him. The Moon also represents the querent’s emotional state, so she is likely to feel quite distressed in about 1.5 days (1 degree per day).
The brother-in-law lives out of state and she was planning to visit him in the hospital on Friday morning (the question was asked on Wednesday at 5:40 pm), so Moon opposing Saturn seems to have more to do with the querent’s distraught state of mind on Friday than with the brother-in-law’s health.
I told the querent that she was likely to find this weekend very stressful but that there was not an indication in the chart that her brother-in-law would die this weekend, which was the specific horary question she had asked.
I will update this post next week when I know the outcome, and I certainly hope that my interpretation of this chart is accurate. Any readers’ comments or observations about the chart are welcome.
OUTCOME (12 May 2013):
I heard from the querent today. Her brother-in-law in out of the hospital and doing well. His diagnosis was atrial fibrillation but the doctors were worried that something more serious was going on because of the severity of his original heart attack. He had a diagnostic procedure under anesthesia in which a probe was inserted down his esophagus to help visualize his heart chambers. Though there was extensive damage from the initial heart attack, nothing particularly new was going on. He was cardioverted with electric shocks to get his rhythm back to normal. He is now out of the hospital and doing fairly well, all things considered.