A fellow astrologer recently asked me a question about a horary (Chart 51) in my 1998 text. The question was asked by my editor Tom about an advertisement he was writing. Tom wanted to know whether his superiors at the publishing house would approve the ad he had written and use it in their advertising campaign. He asked the question on 5 June 1990 at 10:52 AM CDT in St. Paul, MN. Part of his concern was that the publisher would need to pay astrological journals to publish the ad, and he wasn’t sure whether his boss would want to cover that expense. Here is the horary chart:
My colleague wondered whether in this chart the Moon, being in the via combusta and peregrine and in its fall in Scorpio, would be able to function to effect a positive outcome. Indeed, the Moon looks in bad shape.
In addition, the question was asked on a Mars day during a Moon hour, and there is no relationship between the hour ruler Moon and the Ascendant ruler Sun (except perhaps that the Moon lies in the decan of the Sun in Scorpio). Furthermore, the ruler of the 7th, Saturn, which signifies the astrologer, is Retrograde and essentially cadent. This last point may not be too relevant because Tom was acting both as the querent (House 1) and the astrology (House 7), and Saturn is dignified in its own domicile and is conjunct the Part of Fortune.
The Sun signifies Tom, the querent. He took Venus, ruler of the 3rd of documents and communications, to represent the ad he had written. Because Venus (the ad) was well-dignified, Tom felt that the success of his ad was likely.
Venus, ruler of the 3rd house, lies in its own sign, triplicity and term, is angular conjunct the MC, is fast in motion, and by Lilly’s 5-degree rule is considered a 10th house planet. These factors strongly suggested that his employer would approve the ad.
With regard to the publisher paying a magazine to publish the ad, Tom reasoned that Venus ruled the 10th (his employer), that Mercury ruled the 11th (his employer’s money), Saturn ruled the 7th (the magazine which he would contract with to run the ad), and Jupiter ruled the 8th (the money of the magazine). Because Mercury (his boss’s money) is mutually applying to trine Saturn (the astrological magazine) in just under 3 degrees, Tom reasoned that his boss would approve the ad within 3 days, which is what happened.
My colleague recently pointed out that the fallen Moon in Scorpio would oppose Mercury before Mercury could perfect the trine with Saturn. Wouldn’t the opposition to Mercury by the Moon constitute a prohibition, which would prevent the matter from perfecting?
Looking over the chart, I realized that the Moon is not in such bad shape as it might initially appear. Although the Moon is in a fallen state, it had dignity as a participating triplicity ruler of Scorpio, so it cannot be said to be truly peregrine. In addition, the Moon is angular and therefore powerful conjunct the I.C. Even if we were to regard the Moon as peregrine, its state is improved by the condition of its dispositor Mars, which is dignified in Aries and in its own face or decan, and also traveling faster than average. Mars is also fortified by a sextile from the 10th house Sun.
Furthermore, the Moon’s last aspect was a trine from Jupiter in Cancer, the sign of his exaltation, and the 11th (the house of Jupiter’s joy). The Moon receives Jupiter in her domicile Cancer, which is to say that Jupiter “pushes the Cancerian nature” of the Moon back to the Moon, Jupiter’s dispositor, which greatly enhances the condition of the Moon. In addition, Jupiter in the sign of his own exaltation “pushes his exalted dignity or power,” further enhancing the Moon’s condition and enabling the Moon to bring about the result desired by the querent. Fincally, since Jupiter represents the magazine’s money and Mercury signifies the publisher’s money, Jupiter “pushes the management” of concluding the deal between the publisher and the magazine onto the Moon, which transfers the light from Jupiter to Mercury. It is also helpful that Mercury occupies the sign of exaltation of the Moon, and Jupiter occupies the domicile of the Moon, which receives both of these significators.