When I was first learning horary astrology in the 1980s I came across a wonderful book by Derek Appleby, which had a major impact on my understanding of the art. In this post I’d like to revisit a chart which Derek published in the Traditional Astrologer magazine, Issue 2, in the autumn of 1993. An architect, who felt that he had been unjustly dismissed from his job, brought the case before an Industrial Tribunal and asked the horary question of whether the tribunal would decide in his favor. Appleby used Lilly’s point system of dignities and debilities to determine the relative strength of the first house ruler (the querent) and the 7th house ruler (his employer and opponent in the case). Because the 7th ruler had many more essential and accidental dignities than the Ascendant-ruler, Appleby judged that the employer would win the case. Here is the chart:
It is a Jupiter day during a Venus hour. The Moon is fast in motion. The Ascendant lies in the Via Combusta, which may be a warning that matters will not proceed to the querent’s liking.
Scorpio rises, so Mars rules the architect querent. Taurus on the 7th cusp makes Venus the ruler of his employer who is his opponent in the lawsuit.
In legal tribunals, the 10th represents the judge, and the 4th is the final verdict. Leo on the 10th means the the Sun signifies the judge, and Aquarius on the 4th makes Saturn the ruler of the verdict.
The querent’s ruler, Mars, and co-ruler Moon lies in the 8th house in Gemini. The 8th (idleness, fear, death) is traditionally a bad house which does not favor the Ascendant. Mars and the Moon are disposed by Mercury, which is combust the Sun — another unfavorable indication. In this case, the Sun happens to signify the judge, and the sun’s intense light is obscuring and burning the dispositor of the querent’ rulers.
In addition, both the querent’s rulers (Mars and the Moon) are separating from Saturn, the verdict. Things do look favorable for the querent.
The employer’s signifier, Venus, lies at the very end of Pisces where she is exalted in the 5th house, traditionally called the House of Good Fortune. Venus is also two degrees from an exact sextile to Saturn (the verdict), but Venus will need to move into Aries for the sextile to perfect. Venus will be in her detriment in Aries but in the early degrees of Aries, Venus will occupy the term or bound of Jupiter and will apply to conjoin the dodecatemorion of the Sun (the judge). Jupiter in Leo in this chart lies in the term or bound of Venus and is also disposed by the Sun. From these conditions, it appears that Venus (the employer) is much more favored by the judge (the Sun) than is Mars (the querent).
Finally, the Sun (the judge) in early Pisces the 4th house of the verdict is applying to square Ascendant-ruler Mars (the querent) in Gemini in the 8th of death. In the chart the Sun is 8 degrees from the square to Mars, and in the ephemeris this transiting square will perfect on March 8, 1991.
The outcome was that the tribunal decided in favor of the employer (Venus) and against the querent (Mars).