A blast from the past

Recently I was searching for something about horary astrology in google and came across an old horary chart which I had interpreted in 1986.  In the mid-1980s I made the acquaintance of astrologer Celeste Teal who went on to write several well-received books about astrology.  In 1986 Celeste asked me to interpret a horary chart for her question about whether she would have success as an astrology writer.  Here is the chart (6 April 1986, 11:10 AM, 40N33, 85W39).


This is my 1986 interpretation of the chart, taken from Celeste’s website Moon Valley Astrologer.  I’m grateful to Celeste for having preserved it and for posting on her site after all these years.  In looking back, I think I must have been impressed by Jupiter, the Moon and Mercury, all in Pisces (ruled by Jupiter, which is exalted in the Ascendant and almuten there), in the 9th Whole Sign house of astrology and publishing.  This is what I wrote to Celeste back in 1986:


Using traditional methods and the Regiomontanus house system used by Lilly, the chart has 11 Cancer 42 rising. With natal Uranus conjoining the horary Ascendant, this is a significant chart and certainly relates to your career in astrology. You are shown by the Moon, and by Almuten Jupiter.

Note: Almutens were used by the Arabic astrologers and refer to the planet with the most essential dignity at a point along the zodiac. The idea was that a planet with the most dignity was the most free to act effectively on behalf of the Querent.

In your chart, Jupiter was Almuten of the degree rising, and being most dignified there was an excellent Significator for a question about publishing.

Both Moon & Jupiter occupy the 9th of publishing, a favorable indicator. Carol Wiggers calls this “emplacement” since your Significators are in the house of publishing. Jupiter applies to trine the Ascendant.

Moon has just completed a conjunction with Jupiter and goes on to conjoin Mercury. This may be considered a “translation of light” in which the Moon takes the light of Jupiter and carries it to Mercury. The point of this is that the meaning of the aspect(s) becomes a triple conjunction: Moon conjunct Mercury conjunct Jupiter all in the 9th of publishing, a very good omen.

In addition, all three planets in the 9th apply to conjoin the career MC. Jupiter will get there in 10 degrees, suggesting some significant success in 10 years (Jupiter is cadent and mutable) — so a major book contract in 1996? Moon and Mercury arriving there soon suggest publications of articles or less significant material.

Jupiter also squares the Part of Fortune in Gemini in the 12th, a good aspect for a writer of occult subjects. (Lilly would say that this square in signs of short ascension is similar to a sextile).

Your hopes & wishes are shown by the 11th ruled by Mars and Venus. Both Venus & Mars apply favorably to aspect Jupiter, ruler of the 10th of career. This confirms that you will achieve your wish to become a writer.

Saturn, ruling the 9th of publishing (Aquarius, traditional ruler), is retrograde near the 6th cusp, so the process will be slower than you would like and require a lot of effort.

Finally, the dispositor of the Gemini Part of Fortune in the 12th (work done in a quiet setting, like writing) is Mercury which exactly conjoins the MC, another very favorable sign.

I think Lilly would have used your chart as an example of “dwelling in houses plus translation of light by the Moon” (see pages 118 -119 of my horary book). In your chart, the Ascendant ruler and Almuten both occupied the 9th of publishing and the Moon translated the light from Jupiter to Mercury, reenergizing that earlier Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in the 9th, which is an excellent omen for writing a successful book.

Since Jupiter represented you, its conjunction with the MC symbolized a major career event related to publishing in 1996. Best wishes, Anthony.


Celeste commented in her post: “1996 is the year I did the major work on my first book and submitted a proposal. This was followed by the publishing contract – extremely accurate.”

Since her first publishing contract in 1996, as predicted by her horary chart ten years earlier, Celeste has gone on to write several highly acclaimed astrology texts.  Here is a link to her author’s page on amazon.com.

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Zodiacal Releasing in Horary Charts

Recently I’ve been experimenting with the Hellenistic time-lord technique of zodiacal releasing in horary charts, and it seems to be quite useful.

In zodiacal releasing each of the seven visible planets is assigned to specific time periods in the progression of the querent’s life.  As the various signs of the zodiac are activated, their planetary rulers and any planets contained therein become active. Most commonly the releasing is begun with the sign which contains the Part of Spirit, symbolizing our voluntary and intentional actions.

Let’s see how zodiacal releasing adds another dimension of understanding to a famous horary chart: the houses of Master B by William Lilly.

Mr BLilly really wanted to buy this property, so he cast a horary chart on 30 March 1634 OS (10 April 1634 NS) and followed the advice of the stars on how to negotiate the deal.

Seeing that the Sun (a significator of the 7th house seller) and Venus (the querent’s significtor) were conjoining in Taurus (ruled by Venus, thus favoring Lilly) on 25 April 1634 OS (6 May 1634 NS), he decided to bargain about the price on that date.  He closed the deal on 17 May 1634 OS (28 May 1634 NS) when the Moon conjoined Venus in Gemini, ephemeris time.

Here is the zodiacal releasing from Spirit for this period according to the program Aphesis by Curtis Manwaring.


The zodiacal releasing begins with the Part of Spirit in Taurus, the 8th house of the horary chart. Lilly waits until the Lot of Spirit moves into Gemini on Level 3 to begin serious negotiations. Gemini is a active period because it squares the Part of Fortune in Pisces. The activation of Gemini also activates Mercury (ruler of Gemini), Jupiter in Gemini, and Mars and the Moon in Virgo in the radical 11th of Lilly’s friends, which is also the turned 5th house of the seller. Lilly tells us that he actively engaged the assistance of the seller’s daughter (a friend of Lilly’s) in his bargaining tactics.

On 25 April (OS), the Part of Spirit has moved to Cancer on Level 4. Cancer is the 10th house of the horary and symbolizes the price of the house, fitting symbolism for a negotiation about the price.

On 17 May when he paid the seller and finalized the deal, the Lot of Spirit had moved to Capricorn on Level 4. Capricorn is the 4th house of the horary and symbolizes the landed property which he just took possession of.  The activation of Capricorn also activates the Sun (seller) and Venus (querent) in Aries in the 7th. The conjunction of Venus and the Sun symbolized the coming together of buyer and seller to seal the deal.

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Where are my sunglasses?

On Tuesday afternoon, 4 April 2017, my wife used her sunglasses to drive to a meeting at a local church.  She did not use them on the return trip because the sun had gone down by the end of the meeting.  The next day she went to use her sunglasses again but could not find them.  At 1:07 pm on Wednesday, 5 April 2017, she telephoned me to ask that I cast a horary chart to locate her missing glasses.  Here is the chart:


It was a Mercury day during a Venus hour.  My wife is shown by the Sun which rules the Leo Ascendant. My wife’s co-ruler is the Moon in Leo in the Ascendant of this chart.

The missing sunglasses are also signified by the Sun, which rules the 2nd cusp of movable goods.

The Moon (my wife) applies to trine the Sun (the missing glasses) in about 5 1/2 degrees. I figured that she would find the glasses by the end of the week, and perhaps sooner because the Moon was fast in motion.

These are Regiomontanus houses, and the Sun is within 5 degrees of the 10th house cusp so it is considered a 10th house planet. The angular Sun suggests that the missing item is in her possession and in a place she might normally keep them. The 10th could be her workplace, and she was calling from her office.  I told her that the glasses were with her in her office, probably in her pocketbook and, if not, then in her car.  Because the Sun was applying the the MC from the 9th house, I suggested that the glasses had fallen against something which was concealing them.  The presence of Mercury and Mars in the 10th made me think of her car.  The Sun in Aries made me think of her purse which is a burnt orange color.

She looked in her purse and in her car and did not find the glasses.

The next day (6 April 2017) she came home at 4:30 pm and was looking in her rather large pocketbook for something else when she found the missing sunglasses. They had been there all along, and she simply did not see them amidst the myriad other things she keeps in there.

Interestingly, the Sun on the 9th house side of the MC but having entered within 5 degrees of the cusp of the 10th may reflect the fact that she last saw her sunglasses when she was a church (a 9th house matter).

Addendum (April 7, 2017):  A note on timing.

Timing is often difficult in horary charts. In this case my wife found her glasses at 4:30 pm on 6 April 2017.  At that moment the transiting Moon (4:30 PM in Connecticut, USA) was at 25 Leo 44.  If you look at the original horary chart, she found the glasses at the exact moment that her co-ruler Moon conjoined the 2nd house Regiomontanus cusp of her movable possessions.


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Revisiting Derek Appleby

When I was first learning horary astrology in the 1980s I came across a wonderful book by Derek Appleby, which had a major impact on my understanding of the art.  In this post I’d like to revisit a chart which Derek published in the Traditional Astrologer magazine, Issue 2, in the autumn of 1993.  An architect, who felt that he had been unjustly dismissed from his job, brought the case before an Industrial Tribunal and asked the horary question of whether the tribunal would decide in his favor.  Appleby used Lilly’s point system of dignities and debilities to determine the relative strength of the first house ruler (the querent) and the 7th house ruler (his employer and opponent in the case).  Because the 7th ruler had many more essential and accidental dignities than the Ascendant-ruler, Appleby judged that the employer would win the case.  Here is the chart:


It is a Jupiter day during a Venus hour. The Moon is fast in motion. The Ascendant lies in the Via Combusta, which may be a warning that matters will not proceed to the querent’s liking.

Scorpio rises, so Mars rules the architect querent.  Taurus on the 7th cusp makes Venus the ruler of his employer who is his opponent in the lawsuit.

In legal tribunals, the 10th represents the judge, and the 4th is the final verdict.  Leo on the 10th means the the Sun signifies the judge, and Aquarius on the 4th makes Saturn the ruler of the verdict.

The querent’s ruler, Mars, and co-ruler Moon lies in the 8th house in Gemini.  The 8th (idleness, fear, death) is traditionally a bad house which does not favor the Ascendant. Mars and the Moon are disposed by Mercury, which is combust the Sun — another unfavorable indication. In this case, the Sun happens to signify the judge, and the sun’s intense light is obscuring and burning the dispositor of the querent’ rulers.

In addition, both the querent’s rulers (Mars and the Moon) are separating from Saturn, the verdict.  Things do look favorable for the querent.

The employer’s signifier, Venus, lies at the very end of Pisces where she is exalted in the 5th house, traditionally called the House of Good Fortune.  Venus is also two degrees from an exact sextile to Saturn (the verdict), but Venus will need to move into Aries for the sextile to perfect.  Venus will be in her detriment in Aries but in the early degrees of Aries, Venus will occupy the term or bound of Jupiter and will apply to conjoin the dodecatemorion of the Sun (the judge).  Jupiter in Leo in this chart lies in the term or bound of Venus and is also disposed by the Sun.  From these conditions, it appears that Venus (the employer) is much more favored by the judge (the Sun) than is Mars (the querent).

Finally, the Sun (the judge) in early Pisces the 4th house of the verdict is applying to square Ascendant-ruler Mars (the querent) in Gemini in the 8th of death. In the chart the Sun is 8 degrees from the square to Mars, and in the ephemeris this transiting square will perfect on March 8, 1991.

The outcome was that the tribunal decided in favor of the employer (Venus) and against the querent (Mars).

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William Lilly’s Con-significators of the houses

In Christian Astrology William Lilly identifies the signs and planets which are consignficators of the 12 houses of the zodiac. I must confess that I have never fully understood this idea of con-significators.  In the early 1990s I wrote the following in an article entitled A Horary Glossary  that a “consignificator” is:

“A sign or planet believed to have an affinity with a mundane house because it falls in the same numerical order as the house.  Not to be confused with co-significators.  The sign of the zodiac naturally paired with a house is its CON-significator (based on the congruence between the numerical ordering of the signs, houses, and planets). For example, Aries is the consignificator of the 1st house, Taurus of the 2nd, etc. The planets taken in Chaldean order (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon) are consignificators of the houses falling in the same sequence.  Thus, Saturn is consignificator of houses 1 and 8, Jupiter of houses 2 and 9, Mars of houses 3 and 10, sun of houses 4 and 11, Venus of houses 5 and 12, Mercury of house 6, and the Moon of house 7.”

In list form by Chaldean order:

  1. Saturn – Houses 1 & 8.  House 1 is the joy of Mercury.
  2. Jupiter – Houses 2 & 9.
  3. Mars – Houses 3 & 10. House 3 is the joy of the Moon.
  4. Sun – Houses 4 & 11. House 11 is the joy of Jupiter.
  5. Venus – Houses 5 & 12. House 5 is the joy of Venus, and house 12 is the joy of Saturn.
  6. Mercury – House 6. House 6 is the joy of Mars.
  7. Moon – House 7.

(If we were to extend the logic to have each planet con-signify two houses, then Mercury would consignify houses 6 and 1, and the Moon would consignify house 7 and 2.)

Thus, in Lilly’s mind, the 1st house is associated with Aries as the 1st sign of the tropical zodiac, with Saturn as the 1st planet in the Chaldean ordering of the seven traditional visible planets, and with Mercury because Mercury has ‘joy’ in the house associated with the head where the tongue (Mercury) naturally resides.  (Saturn is also associated with the 8th house because the Chaldean list repeats around the wheel; and Mercury is associated with the 6th house because it is the 6th planet.)

Deborah Houlding has noted that there is a close relationship between the houses and the signs of the “natural” Aries-rising zodiac with regard to their signification of body parts. For example, Aries and the 1st house suggest the head whereas Pisces and the 12th house indicate the feet.  Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654), a contemporary of Lilly, warned against equating the signs beginning with Aries with the order of the Houses:

“Some authors hold an opinion that the signs carry the same signification in order that the houses of heaven do, and Aries should signify life, Taurus estate, Gemini brethren and short journeys, you know the rest. Truly, my own opinion is that many authors invented whimsies, and when they had done, set them down to posterity for Truth; who taking them up without trial, clothed tradition in plush and left poor reason to go in rags. An author said so; ergo ’tis true, right or wrong.” (Nicholas Culpeper, Astrological Judgement of Disease, x.iv)

A careful reading of Lilly suggests that he does not entirely agree with Culpeper.  Here is what Lilly wrote about each house and its con-significators:

  1. “The consignificators of this house are Aries and Saturn; for as this house is the first house, so is Aries the first sign, and Saturn the first of the planets; and therefore when Saturn is but moderately well fortified in this house, and in any benevolent aspect of Jupiter, Venus, Sun or Moon, it promises a good sober constitution of body, and usually long life.”  Lilly seems to be implying that because Saturn has a 1st house significance, its presence (if unafflicted and in good aspect with a benefic) in the 1st indicates a strong constitution (like an Aries warrior) and a long life.  The location of con-significator Saturn in the 1st is good for the native because Saturn, as the first Chaldean planet, by analogy also signifies first house matters such as life and the body.
  2. “It has consignificators Jupiter and Taurus; for if Jupiter be placed in this house, or be lord hereof, it’s an argument of an estate or fortune.”  Lilly is suggesting that because Jupiter consignifies the 2nd house, its presence here means the person will do well financially.  The location of consignificator Jupiter in the 2nd is good for the native.
  3. It has consignificators, of the signs Gemini, of the planets Mars; which is one reason why Mars in this house, unless joined with Saturn, is not very unfortunate.” In other words, you might think a malefic like Mars in the 3rd of local travel and siblings might indicate problematic journeys and trouble with sibling, but because Mars also signifies 3rd house matters by con-signification (numerical order in its respective category), then Mars in the 3rd, unless afflicted by Saturn, is not much of a problem.  The location of con-significator Mars in the 3rd is generally good for the native.
  4. Its consignificator is Cancer and of planets, the Sun. We call it the Angle of the Earth, or Imum Coeli; it is feminine and the north angle. In nativities or questions this fourth house represents fathers, so does the Sun by day and Saturn by night; yet if the Sun be herein placed, he is not ill, but rather shows the father to be of a noble disposition, &c.”  Here Lilly is saying that the Sun is a natural ruler of fathers by day.  Since the Sun is of the day sect, it would be in the 4th house during the night at the lowest point in its diurnal cycle.  This might suggest illness of the father, but because the Sun con-signifies the 4th house, it shows that the father is of noble disposition (like someone with the Sun culminating in the 10th).  The location of consignificator Sun in the 4th is good for the native’s father.  Presumably Saturn in the 4th in a night chart would also favor the father. Interestingly, Lilly associates death by drowning with the 4th house, apparently using the symbolism of the con-signifying sign Cancer as representing the Sea and the 4th house as a place of endings and locations deep beneath the surface of the Earth.
  5. Its consignificators are Leo and Venus, who doth joy in this house in regard it’s the house of pleasure, delight and merriment; it’s wholly unfortunate by Mars or Saturn, and they therein show disobedient children and untoward.”  Lilly seems to be arguing that because Leo, con-significator of the 5th, is the detriment of Saturn (which rules Aquarius), the the presence of Saturn in the 5th is like having an unfortunate Saturn in its sign of detriment.
  6. Mars rejoices in this house, but his consignificator is of the signs Virgo, of planets Mercury. We usually find that Mars and Venus in conjunction in this house are arguments of a good Physician.”  Mercury/Hermes has long been associated with the healing arts.
  7. It has consignificators Libra and Moon. Saturn or Mars unfortunate herein show ill [fortune] in marriage.”  
  8. Of signs it has Scorpio for consignificator, and Saturn. The haemorrhoids, the (gall)stone, strangury (difficulty urinating), poisons, and bladder are ruled by this house; and [this] is a succedent house, and feminine.”  Scorpio, a consignificator of the 8th, is associated with poisons and venomous stings.  Saturn is a planet of obstructions and hard things like stones. Here Lilly appears to be borrowing traditional significations of Scorpio and Saturn to elaborate the meanings of the 8th house.
  9. Sagittarius and Jupiter are consignificators of this house; for if Jupiter be herein placed, it naturally signifies a devout man in his religion, or one modestly given.”  Jupiter has traditionally been associated with religion and the priesthood. Traditionally the 9th is the place of the sun-god and thus a religous house.
  10. Its consignificators are Capricorn and Mars. Either Jupiter or the Sun do much
    fortunate this house when they are posited therein, Saturn or
    the South Node usually deny honour, as to persons of quality, or but little esteem in the world to a vulgar person. Not much joy in his profession, trade or mystery, if a mechanic.” Even though Saturn rules the con-significator sign Capricorn, the presence of Saturn in the 10th is a problem. Traditionally, this is the house of “praxis” or what one does in the world. Mars in Capricorn is in its exaltation and capable of putting its abundant energy to effective use, as would befit the 10th house.
  11. “It has of the signs Aquarius, and Sun of the planets for consignificators; Jupiter does especially rejoice in this house; it’s a succedent house, and masculine, and in virtue is equivalent either to the seventh or fourth houses.”  (The 11th is the extremely fortunate house of the Good Daemon.  Jupiter rejoices here and the Sun is the planetary con-significator of the 11th.  Interestingly, Jupiter is the chief god of the ancient Greeks, and the Sun is the main god of the ancient Egyptians; these two gods come together in the House of the Good Spirit. Modern astrology originated in the Hellenistic period in which there was a merging of the Greek and Egyptian cultures.  Furthermore, the Sun rejoices in the 9th house which Jupiter con-signifies, so the two gods join forces in both the 9th and 11th houses.)
  12. It has consignificators Pisces and Venus; Saturn does joy in that house, for naturally Saturn is author of mischief; and it ruleth in man’s body the feet.”  It’s not entirely clear to me how Pisces, Venus and Saturn connect with the meanings which Lilly gives to the 12th house:  “private enemies, witches, great cattle — as horses, oxen, elephants, &c.; sorrow, tribulation, imprisonments, all manner of affliction, self-undoing, &c., and of such men as maliciously undermine their neighbours, or inform secretly against them.” 

Lilly’s comments about the meaning of the consignificators suggests that he takes them into account in a general way, and not simply with reference to human anatomy, when interpreting the signification of the houses. In general, the planetary con-significator of a house being placed in that house is fortunate, but apparently the planetary ruler of the con-signifying sign is not necessarily so.  For example, Mars and Capricorn signify the 10th house.  Mars in the 10th is likely to be beneficial because it is the planetary consignifier of the 10th, but Saturn (a malefic) in the 10th denies honor even though Saturn rules Capricorn, the con-signifying sign.

It is not clear from Lilly’s comments about the twelve houses how he uses the signs as con-significators, but apparently the planetary rulers of the consignifying signs do not also act as con-signifiers.  Thus, modern astrology is wrong is assigning the rulers of the consignifying signs as also rulers of the houses.  In other words each house is associated with a corresponding sign (in zodiacal order) and a corresponding planet (in Chaldean order), but the rulers of the con-significator signs are not associated with the houses.

Here is a table which summarizes Lilly’s view of the houses and their con-significators.


Notice that in this table, Mars is not associated with the 1st house, Venus is not associated with the 2nd house, Mercury is not associated with the 3rd house, and so on.  The only overlap with the erroneous modern system is that Mercury is a consignificator of the 6th house and Jupiter is a consignificator of the 9th house.  That’s it, just those two.


(All original material in the posts on this blog are copyright Anthony Louis.)

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Where is my pet? Is he okay?

The querent and her husband had just relocated to a new home in a city a few hours from where they had been living.  On the day of the move she could not find her pet at the new location and thought that the cat was either in the home, hiding because it was a foreign environment, or that her pet had sneaked of the house as the movers were going in and out.  Her worry was that if the cat had run off in the new neighborhood, she might never see him again.  Being an amateur astrologer, she decided to cast a horary chart about the whereabouts and condition of the cat. Here is the chart with Regiomontanus houses and Dorothean terms.


It is a Venus day during a Sun hour.  The Sun trines the Cancer Ascendant from watery Pisces in the 9th of long trips.  The Sun also rules Leo, a sign associated with cats.

The Ascendant at 20 Cancer 23 makes the Moon the signifier of the querent.  The Moon in Scorpio (the Moon’s fall) in the 5th house reflects the querent’s distress about the missing pet.   The Moon is also close to Valens Lot of Accusation (Ascendant + Mars – Saturn, by day) at 28 Scorpio 22, which has to do with screw-ups, failures, misfortune, injury and being away from home (see previous post).

The 5th house often has to do with children, but in this case the children were grown and not involved in the situation.  It may be that the cat acted as a substitute child for this older couple.

The twelfth-part (dodecaemorion) of the Ascendant lies in early Pisces on the 9th house cusp.  The querent is worried about something related to a long trip.  Neptune in Pisces probably indicates the confusion engendered in both the querent and the cat by the move.  The ruler of Pisces is Jupiter, which occupies the 4th house of the family home.

The missing cat is shown by Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, on the cusp of the 6th house. Saturn in the 6th most likely symbolizes the cat’s distress about the move.

Jupiter, the ruler of the cat, lies in the 4th (the family home or estate) in Libra (ruled by benefic Venus) and in his own Dorothean terms.  Jupiter is retrograde (moving backward, symbolizing a return) and is applying to trine the Ascendant in under a degree.  The pet should return soon.

The Moon is a universal signifier of strays, but in this chart it specifically represents the querent because of the Cancer Ascendant. The Moon’s last aspect was a trine to the Sun in Pisces in the 9th.  Perhaps the Moon’s recent trine Sun (ruler of Leo, the king cat) points to the querent’s last contact with the cat.  The Moon (querent) is about to change signs from Scorpio into Sagittarius (the Whole Sign 6th house of pets), and upon changing signs the Moon will sextile the 4th house cusp of the family home and landed property.

The outcome was that the querent continued to look for her cat throughout the day.  She was also involved with her husband in the process of moving, so her search was intermittent.  There seemed to be no sign of the cat anywhere inside the home, so she assumed it had gone outside.  An hour or so after sunset, she heard a meow at the door, and there was her missing cat wanting to come in.  The cat returned with Libra (the horary 4th containing Jupiter, the cat) on the Ascendant and the Moon having just moved into Sagittarius, the 6th house cusp of the horary chart.

Here is the chart with the dodecatemoria of the horary placements around the outside of the wheel.


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Twelfth-parts in Horary

The ancient Babylonians and the Hellenistic astrologers used twelfth-parts (dodecatemoria) of the signs of the zodiac.  The idea is that each sign can be projected onto the entire zodiac circle, with each 2.5 degrees (twelfth-part) of a sign being projected onto an entire sign of the horoscope wheel.

In the system of Manilius, the first 2.5 degrees of a sign is projected onto the sign itself, the 2nd 2.5 degrees onto the following sign, etc.  Thus, for example, the first 2.5 degrees of Virgo would project onto all of Virgo, the second 2.5 degrees of Virgo onto the next sign Libra, the third 2.5 degrees of Virgo onto the next sign Scorpio, and so on around the wheel.

Paulus of Alexandria (4th century CE) thought it was more reasonable to begin the projection from the point in the zodiac at which planet you were studying was located. For example, using Virgo again, suppose Mars occupied 4 degrees of Virgo, which happens to be part of the second 2.5 degree segment of Virgo.  In  this case the first 2.5 degrees of Virgo would be projected to the previous sign, Leo.  The segment containing Mars (the second 2.5 degrees of Virgo) would be projected onto Virgo itself, the third 2.5 degrees of Virgo would be projected onto the next sign Libra, and so on around the wheel.

From what I have seen in the literature, most astrologers tend to use the system of Manilius.

Now to the use of twelfth-parts in horary.  Masha’allah in writing about “hidden things” noted that the twelfth-part of the Ascendant of a horary chart would reveal the querent’s concerns and intentions in consulting the astrologer.  He gave an example of the Ascendant in the 12th degree of Aries, which lies in the fifth 2.5 segment of Aries.  Hence the 5th Whole Sign house from Aries, which is Leo, reveals the querent’s concern or intention.  In his example there were no planets in Leo, so he looked to the ruler of Leo, the Sun, which happened to fall in Libra in the 7th Whole Sign house from Aries.  Masha’allah concluded that the querent wanted to know about a child (5th house) who was seeking the querent’s wife (7th house).  Had a planet been located in Leo, Masha’allah would have incorporated the meaning of that planet into his interpretation.

To test this theory, I looked for a published horary that was difficult to interpret to see if the twelfth-part would add additional information.  I found such a chart on the site of astrologer Christopher Magus.  The gist of the question was that Christopher had misplaced his keys and was unable to find them despite a very careful week-long search of his house.  He finally decided to cast a horary chart at 10:17 AM EDT, on 18 August 2012, at coordinates 40N35, 73W40.

After analyzing the chart, Christopher was able to find the keys. He had last seen them two weeks earlier, when he went with his partner to a confirmation service at a church in a seaside resort two hours from his home.  He brought a change of clothes to wear after the formal church service, but he was not feeling well because of recent surgery, so he and his partner decided to go home.  Because of the pain from surgery, he took some pain medication which probably affected his memory of the event.  As a result, he assumed the keys were in one the pockets of his informal clothing, which he mis-remembered wearing, and instead found them in the pocket of his more formal black suit which was in an upstairs closet.

Here is Christopher’s horary chart with the dodecatemoria (Maniulius method) around the outside of the wheel.


(Chart and table below are cast using the program AstroSpica by Elías D. Molins.)

Christopher is the querent, signified by the Ascendant at 14 Libra 14, ruled by Venus.  The missing keys are a 2nd house possession, signified by Mars because Scorpio is on the cusp.

Mars in Libra in the 1st house suggests that the keys are in his home and that he will find them. Libra, an air sign, could indicate a location in an upstairs room.  The first how has to do with one’s appearance and Libra is associated with fashion and looking good, so the location of the keys in the pocket of his formal suit makes sense.

The twelfth-part of Venus, the Ascendant ruler, lies in Scorpio, indicating a mutual reception between Mars in Libra and the dodecatemorion of Venus in Scorpio.  This is yet another testimony that he will find the keys.

The 12th part of Mars (the keys) lies in Leo on the Regiomontanus cusp of the 12th house of confinement due to illness.  His recent surgery was the reason the took pain medication which made it hard to remember where he put the keys.  The dodecatemorion of Mars is disposed by the Sun, whose own 12th part is conjunct Jupiter in the 9th of long trips and church services. (Mars also rules the 7th house of his partner who played an inadvertent role in the misplacement of the keys.)

Now let’s look at the 12th part of the Ascendant and apply the reasong of Masha’allah.  As the table below indicates, the 12th part of 14 Libra 14 lies at 20 Pisces 50 (the sixth Whole Sign from the Ascendant), which happens to lie on the 6th house Regiomontanus cusp of illness in the decan and terms of Mars (the keys). Somehow an illness or an ill person (he recently had surgery) is connected with the missing keys. In addition, Neptune in Pisces in the 6th Whole Sign from Libra indicates that a drug played a role (he took a pain killer which affected his memory of where he left the keys). The traditional ruler of Pisces is Jupiter, which lies in the 9th house of long trips and church services, which is where he last saw the keys.

In summary, the 12th parts do seem do add another dimension to horary analysis.  In this case, they point to an ill person (6th house) taking medication which affected his cognition to the extent that he could not remember (Neptune in 6th) where he put the keys on a trip to a church service in a distant location (9th house). It appears that Masha’allah knew what he was doing.

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An incidental but interesting feature of this chart is that Valen’s “Lot of Accusation” (sometimes called the Lot of Infortune and indicated in this chart by the red cross on the ASC) at 15 Libra 58 lies on the Ascendant and receives a square from the Asc-ruler Venus in Cancer, suggesting that Christopher will have trouble finding the lost object, and perhaps that its being misplaced is related to being away from home.  According to Curtis Manwaring:

“Lot of Accusation:

  • [Day] Lot = Ascendant + Mars – Saturn
  • [Night] Lot = Ascendant + Saturn – Mars

According to Valens this lot indicates the house [sign] through which the native is likely to experience failure, dangers, or downfalls. This lot is also known as the lot of injury and sometimes the lot of being away from home.” (italics mine)

The twelfth-part of of the Lot of Infortune/Accusation happens to lie in the 7th Whole Sign from the Ascendant, representing his partner who was inadvertently involved in the misplacement of the keys (Mars) while the two of them were away from home.  The dodecatemorion of this Lot near Uranus suggests that an unexpected change of plans involving his partner may also have been a factor.




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