Tag Archives: Sahl

Sahl on “prohibition” in horary

In the last post I reviewed Lilly’s understanding of “prohibition.” This post is a follow-up which will look at some examples of prohibition by Sahl (Zael, Zahel), a 9th century Persian Jewish astrologer whose work was translated by Dr. Ben … Continue reading

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Lilly’s definition of the Void of Course Moon

Recently Chris Brennan did a podcast on the various definitions of the void of course Moon. I thought it would be useful to clarify how Lilly used the concept because it is not widely understood in the astrological community. As … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about “prohibition” in horary astrology

Recently a colleague asked a question about “prohibition” in horary, which prompted me to look up 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; … 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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Bonatti looks at a horary by Sahl

In his Treatise 6 Bonatti discusses a classic horary by Sahl.  On July 5, 824 OS in the wee hours of the morning someone asked Sahl whether he would acquire a kingdom — a 10th house horary question.  To approximate … Continue reading

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Sun beams, moon beams, eye beams and the theory of astrological aspects

In the 5th century BCE, the philosopher Empedocles believed that when the goddess Aphrodite fashioned the human eye from the four basic elements (earth, air, fire and water), she lit a fire in the eye which emitted eye beams that … Continue reading

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The 5-degree Rule in Horary and the Twilight of the Gods (part III)

This is the third post about the 5-degree rule in horary astrology, which Lilly adopted and used extensively in his practice. My hypothesis is that Lilly adopted this rule from Ptolemy’s discussion of how to calculate the length of life … Continue reading

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The curious case of “not-reception”

Astrologers love to talk about how one planet receives another in one of its dignities, including the wonderful situation of mutual reception in which each planet occupies a major dignity of the other, for example, Venus in Cancer (ruled by … Continue reading

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Puzzling receptions in a horary chart

The issue of reception in horary can be quite confusing. For example, Nina Gryphon stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy when she published a blog about Bonatti’s idea that a planet being received by malefic planet abates the infortune’s … Continue reading

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Understanding “standing” in horary astrology

I recently posted this comment at the Traditional Astrologers page on Facebook: “I have a historical question about the first use of a term in astrology. Modern astrologers sometimes talk about a querent’s ‘standing’ to ask a horary question. I … Continue reading

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