One of the horary guidelines for finding lost objects is that when the Sun and the Moon are both below the horizon, the missing item will likely not be found. Recently a querent asked for help in finding a missing item, and with the aid of the horary chart she was able to locate it rather quickly.
It was a Sunday night about 10:15 pm when a friend telephoned. She apologized for calling so late in the evening but said that she had an important meeting at work the next day and was planning to wear a particular necklace that goes well with her outfit. She normally keeps her jewelry in a special location in her bedroom but the necklace was nowhere to be found. She asked if I could do a chart and give her some advice about where to look. I glanced at my watch and it was 10:17 pm.
Going to the computer, I calculated the chart and was a bit disconcerted to find 0 Leo 01 on the 2nd house cusp (Regiomontanus). Because the 2nd house signifies missing possessions, I wasn’t sure if Cancer (ruled by the Moon) or Leo (ruled by the Sun) should represent the necklace. Here is the chart:
It was a Sun day during a Venus hour, which seemed appropriate for a question about a missing necklace made of gold. The Sun and the Moon are both “under the Earth,” which is supposed to be an indication of non-recovery. The idea is that in conditions of complete darkness it is difficult (though not impossible) to find something lost.
The querent’s ruler is the Moon (Cancer rising). The necklace is signified by the Sun, ruler of the 2nd house. The Moon does not apply to the Sun, again an argument against recovery. However, if Cancer happened to be on the 2nd cusp, then the Moon would rule both the Ascendant and the missing item, which could show the necklace returning to the querent.
The Moon’s next aspect to a visible planet is a square to Saturn in the 6th. This also looked like an argument against recovery, but then I noticed that the Sun (the necklace) was also applying to Saturn within 21 minutes of arc. This meant that Saturn would collect the light of the Sun and the Moon, uniting the two — an argument for recovery and rather quickly because the Sun was in the cardinal sign Libra.
For hints about where to look for the necklace I considered the following potential rulers of the missing item:
- Sun, ruling the 2nd house, lies in Libra in the 5th house. Libra is an air sign, so it would be above waist height, maybe on a shelf. The 5th is the house of children, and I knew that that querent had a young daughter of pre-school age.
- Moon, the general signifier of lost things. Moon in Virgo in the 3rd suggests that the necklace might be in some kind of compartment or container.
- Dispositor of the Part of Fortune in Leo takes us back to the Sun in Libra in the 5th.
- Venus, the natural ruler of jewelry, lies in Libra in the 4th house, suggesting that it is in the querent’s home. Libra is the sign on the 5th cusp, again suggesting that it may be with a child.
Location of a missing thing is also shown by the placement of the ruler of the 4th house of “burried treasure.” The 4th cusp in Virgo is ruled by Mercury in Libra in the 5th, again suggesting perhaps a shelf in the child’s room. I was also struck by Mars in the 4th, lying in the midst of the necklace’s significators Moon, Venus and the Sun and thought it might indicate something red.
The querent thanked me and said that she would let me know how it worked out. The next day she informed me that after our phone call she had looked in her daughter’s room. On a shelf where she keeps her toys was a red “play” pocketbook, and inside it was her missing necklace. Apparently her young daughter had gone into her bedroom over that weekend and was playing with her mother’s jewelry. She must have put the necklace into her little red pocketbook and placed it safely on the shelf in her bedroom