Twelfth-parts in horary – a Sirius example from Lilly


Ever since reading about the use of 12th parts in horary, I have been impressed by their usefulness.  Recently I was reading Lilly’s example (CA392) about a dog that went missing.  The querent asked Lilly where in London to search in order to find the dog.  Here is Lilly’s chart, set for a Saturn day during a Mars hour:

Missing DOG

The closest I could come with a modern computer to reproducing this chart (keeping 21 Scorpio on the MC) is with the following data: 8 September 1648 NS, 4:03:16 pm (16:03:16), London, UK.  The modern chart with Regiomontanus houses looks like this:

Dog regio

I added Sirius (the Dog Star) to the chart for obvious reasons.  Sirius lies at 9 Cancer 13 at the time of the horary inquiry.

The Ascendant at 15 Capricorn 46 is ruled by Saturn and has its 12th-part at 9 Cancer 12, almost exactly conjunct the Dog Star Sirius in the 6th house of small animals.  The querent is concerned about his dog who has disappeared.  The star Sirius is close to Mars, perhaps indicating the dog’s impetuous spirit.  The ruler of the 12th part is the Moon, a natural signifier of fugitives and wanderers.  The sign of the 12th part of the Ascendant is Cancer, which governs the 7th cusp, so perhaps an acquaintance of the querent will play a role in the dog’s recovery.

The querent wanted to know what part of the city to search to find the dog.  Lilly reasoned as follows:

  • The 6th house rules small animals (like dogs) and has Gemini on its cusp.
  • Gemini indicates a direction West by South.
  • Gemini’s ruler Mercury signifies the dog and lies in Libra, a Western sign in the 8th house, which is in the southwest part of the heavens.
  • The Moon, natural signifier of fugitives, lies in Virgo, a southwest sign, near the cusp of the 8th house.  The Moon is just leaving the 7th house, which is western, and heading south toward the MC.
  • Therefore the querent ought to search to the West and somewhat South.

The outcome:

On the Monday following the Saturday question, an acquaintance of the querent happened to be in that part of London when he noticed the querent’s dog tied up under a table.  He then sent the dog home to its master.

This sequence of events is probably shown by the Moon (the missing dog as well as the 7th house acquaintance of the querent) perfecting its sextile to Mars (exalted ruler and almuten of the Ascendant) in 30 minutes of arc, indicating a short period of time.

The Moon’s most recent aspect to a visible planet was a square to Asc-ruler Saturn in Taurus.  The Moon then advanced to enter Virgo (after squaring Uranus, which is probably when the dog ran away).  The Moon’s next aspect to a visible planet is its sextile to Asc-almuten Mars, which indicates the dog’s return to its owner.

With the Moon (the fugitive dog) on the 8th cusp, approaching combustion and applying to the Sun in the 8th, we might wonder why the dog isn’t dead.  I think the answer lies in the fact that Mercury rules the Virgo 8th cusp of death and thus the Lord of Death receives the Moon in death’s domicile and exaltation and bound (all in Virgo), indicating that Death treats the Moon as an especially honored guest in its realm.

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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