Monthly Archives: March 2021

The use of “modern” planets in traditional astrology

Many contemporary astrologers got their start in traditional astrology through the writings and teaching of Robert Zoller. I first met Robert in the 1980s at a conference in NYC. He mentioned how he was spending time in the NY Public … Continue reading

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Lilly’s Considerations before Judgement in Horary

Recently Chris Brennan on his Astrology Podcast interviewed one of my favorite horary astrologers, Sue Ward, about Lilly’s Considerations before Judgement. I thought it would be useful to post Lilly’s comments in one place so I went through Christian Astrology … Continue reading

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A note of the concept of Void of Course in horary

Sue Ward recently appeared on The Astrology Podcast with Chris Brennan. One of the topics they discussed was her seminal paper on Lilly’s understanding of a void of course moon or planet. Sue mentioned that the definition had changed since … Continue reading

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Planetary hours and the 12-letter alphabet of astrology

Back in the 1970s astrologer Zipporah Dobyns popularized the “12-letter alphabet” of astrology, which consisted of equating the 1st house with the first sign, Aries, and its ruler Mars. Each subsequent house was paired with its sign in the same … Continue reading

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Tarot and Racism

Traditional tarot decks tends to have white European characters depicted on their cards. Only recently have decks appeared which attempt to depict scenes with a more diverse set of personages. This is a welcome trend since we live in a … Continue reading

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The Essential Role of Dispositors in Horary

Masha’allah in his writings on horary astrology makes extensive use of dispositors of planets. The dispositor of a given planet is simply the ruler of the sign which that planet occupies in a chart. For example, if Mars is in … Continue reading

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A remarkable multi-translation of light

William Lilly defines “translation of light and nature“(CA 111) as “when a light Planet separates from a more weighty one, and presently joynes to another more heavy.” He gives the example that Mercury at 16 Aries “translates the virtue of … Continue reading

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Another VOC example from Lilly — Is my son at home?

The querent was consulting with William Lilly and asked about the whereabouts of her son (CA 152). Was the boy with this master, or was he at her own house? Here is Lilly’s chart for the question: Libra rises, making … Continue reading

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An interesting horary about a promotion at work

On March 10th of 1930 a woman asked astrologer Robert DeLuce whether she would be promoted at work. She was apparently in a temporary position and hoped to be promoted to a more permanent post. Here is the chart: The … Continue reading

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Dariot on Triplicity Rulers

Triplicity rulers have been used in traditional astrology to further refine the significations of houses by assigning particular planetary lords of triplicities to particular meanings belonging to a house. Dariot explains that the first triplicity lord of the 4th house … Continue reading

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