Tag Archives: Lilly

The Hour Lord (& Pitted Degrees) in Horary Astrology

Horary astrology seeks to answer a question based on the moment that a “querent” or inquirer asks a question of the astrologer. In the history of horary astrology there has been a longstanding issue of whether the querent in being … Continue reading

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In horary, can a planet in a house signify the quesited?

There is disagreement in the literature about whether a planet in the house of the quesited can signify the quesisted if it is not also the ruler of the sign on the cusp. John Frawley, for instance, on page 34 … Continue reading

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Average Daily Motion of Planets in Horary

There is a discrepancy in the horary literature about the average daily motion of the planets, specifically with regard to Mercury and Venus.  The problem arises because from a geocentric viewpoint, Mercury and Venus travel in “epicycles” around the Sun.  … Continue reading

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Have horary astrologers misunderstood triplicity rulers?

Most horary astrologers have learned William Lilly’s system of triplicity rulers, derived from Ptolemy, in which each sign is ruled by one triplicity ruler by day and another one by night. In his table of dignities (CA, 104), Lilly gives … Continue reading

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Will the baby be a boy or a girl?

Lilly copied rules from the ancient texts on horary about how to determine the sex of an unborn child. On page 240 of Christian Astrology he gives an example.  Here is a close modern approximation to his hoary chart for … Continue reading

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Lilly and the Beheading of King Charles I

A January 30th post on Facebook read “Happy Regicide Day,” making reference to the beheading of King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland for treason on January 30 (OS), 1649. Since then 10 days have been added to the … Continue reading

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Does the 5-degree rule in horary make sense?

In speaking of the Ascendant, Lilly writes on page 33 of Christian Astrology: “…what Planet you shall find to be in that space, you shall say that he is in the first house; yet if he be within 5 degrees of … Continue reading

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