A horary by Edwin Casael

Edwin Casael was a British astrologer who did a lot of work in horary. Alan Leo was impressed with Casael’s work and published the following question in his 1909 book on horary: “Will I benefit from my uncle’s will?  If not, who will benefit?”

The chart is cast for 29 March 1892 at 8:45 AM in Yorkshire, UK.  Because the city was not specified, I set the chart for York, a central location within Yorkshire.  Below is the chart with Placidus houses, the system in vogue at the time. I have generally followed Casael’s reasoning and have added some ideas of my own.


It is a Mars day during a Venus hour.

With Gemini on the Ascendant, Mercury ruler the querent, and the Moon is his co-ruler. Mercury is peregrine (without essential dignity) and occupies the fall of Saturn and the detriment of Venus.

The uncle is shown by the 6th house (3rd of the 4th). With Scorpio on the cusp, Mars rules the uncle.  Sagittarius on the cusp of the 7th (2nd of 5th) indicates that Jupiter signifies the uncle’s wealth.

Saturn rules the 8th house of wills in general. The Sun, ruler of Leo, governs the 4th house of inheritance.

To quote horary astrologer Olivia Barclay:

“THE FOURTH HOUSE is concerned with our beginning, our base, our ancestry, inheritance and father; with real estate, towns, castles and buildings; with the soil, fields, gardens and orchards; with the quality and nature of the ground one buys, whether it is woody, stony or barren. It is also the end of anything, and rules treasures hidden in the ground. A significator here may denote drowning, as with a chart I recently drew to know where a satellite would fall.”

“The 8th house rules the deceased’s estate, wills, legacies, dowry, and describes the sort of death. It rules undertakers.”

The querent’s significators (Mercury and the Moon) do not apply to the Sun or Jupiter (rulers of the 4th of inheritance and the 7th of the uncle’s wealth, respectively) and are in aversion to (have no connection by aspect with) Mars (the uncle) or Saturn (ruler of the 8th of wills).

A striking feature of this chart is the extremely close applying square from the Sun (exalted in Aries in the 11th) to Mars (exalted in Capricorn in the 8th).  The Sun rules the 4th of the querent’s inheritance and occupies the 11th of his hopes and wishes.  He is wishing for a nice inheritance from his uncle.  Mars rules the uncle and occupies the 8th of death and wills.  The querent hopes to received an inheritance from his deceased uncle’s will.  Mars receives the Sun in Aries by domicile and by face, but the Sun does not occupy any of the dignities of Mars, so the reception is not mutual.  The Sun “pushes” its significations to Mars for management, and the next aspect of Mars is a mutually applying trine to Saturn in the 5th house of the querent’s children. The aspect between the Sun and Mars, however, is a stressful square, which symbolizes severing and separating, and suggests that the querent’s inheritance will not come from his uncle’s will. Mars, however, is dignified (exalted) and receives the Sun and thus tries to be helpful to the Sun (ruler of the 4th of inheritance) by passing some of the uncle’s estate on to the querent’s children (Mars to trine Saturn in the 5th).

Casael notes that Venus mutually applies to a trine of Saturn in the 5th. Because Libra is intercepted in the 5th of children, Casael believes that the querent’s children will benefit from the will.  Saturn rules the 8th house of wills and legacies.


About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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