Another example of “prohibition” in horary

In the last post I considered the concept of prohibition in horary and discussed a case example.

Lilly’s definition (CA 110):

“Prohibition is when two Planets that signify the effecting or bringing to conclusion anything demanded, are applying to an Aspect; and before they can come to a true Aspect, another Planet interposes either his body or aspect, to that thereby the matter propounded is hindered or retarded; this is called Prohibition.”

Going through my case files, I came across another example which might be of interest. On September 22, 2016 a friend called to ask a horary question about whether she should buy a house she had recently seen. She liked the house but thought the asking price was a bit high and wasn’t sure that the expense would be worth it. The question was asked at 10:58 AM EDT. Here is the chart with Regiomontanus houses.

Should I buy the house?

It was a Jupiter day during a Mercury hour. Scorpio rises, so that Mars rules the querent. Taurus on the 7th cusp makes Venus the seller of the property, which is signified by Jupiter with Pisces on the 4th cusp. The price of the house is symbolized by the Virgo 10th cusp, ruled by Mercury.

Venus (the seller) is separating from a sextile to Mars (the querent). There is no translation or collection of light bringing them together. The absence of an applying aspect between primary significators is one testimony against her buying the house.

In addition to ruling the seller (7th cusp), Venus also rules the 11th of the querent’s hopes and wishes, and is almuten of the 4th, which is the property she would buy. Venus is dignified in Libra, its own domicile, but is placed in the unfortunate 12th house, closely conjunct the 12th cusp, suggesting that her wishes will not be fulfilled.

Malefic Saturn lacks essential dignity and rises in the 1st house, another negative indicator.

The Moon, which signifies the question and co-rules the querent, applies to trine Venus (the seller) and could possibly indicate a sale, but before the Moon can perfect the trine to Venus it will perfect an opposition to Mars in the radical 2nd house. This opposition to Mars prohibits the trine to Venus from effectuating the matter, probably because of financial concerns (2nd house).

Mars is also the second triplicity ruler of of the Pisces 4th cusp, and as such it signifies the house. The Moon’s opposition to Mars will occur when the Moon is in the Saturn term of Gemini, where it is peregrine and totally without essential dignity. Gemini is also the 12th sign from Cancer, the Moon’s domicile, and is an especially unfortunate placement for the Moon. This symbolism again suggests that there is little positivity connecting the querent to the house she is considering buying. (For further information about the use of triplicity lords, see

The high price of the house is indicated by Mercury, ruler of the 10th, in its own sign, angular, stationary (not moving) and conjunct the Lunar North Node.

Jupiter, which signifies the house (4th cusp), happens to be peregrine, without any essential dignity in this chart. Jupiter is also combust the Sun, making the house less attractive.

As the chart indicated, the querent decided that the house was not worth the price they were asking, and she decided not to make a bid to buy it.

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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