A Brief Introduction to Horary Astrology

by H. Shuseh Kokubu, Q.H.P.

Horary astrology is the art of finding specific answers to specific questions, erecting a chart for the moment when the question was posed, and is easier than natal astrology if you have once glimpsed the basic of astrology. This is true even if your computer does complicated calculations in an instant because there is no need to see two or more charts at a time like in cases of Nativities, Elections and Mundane. Nonetheless, judging a horary chart is difficult for modern astrologers, since they rarely consider the movement of planets.

Let's suppose a woman asked about her boyfriend, and that the ascending sign was Taurus in the horary chart. The ascendant ruler Venus represents the querent, the woman who asked the question, and Mars, the ruler of the seventh house (Scorpio) opposing the ascendant, her boyfriend. If Venus is at 10° Virgo and Mars is at 15° Cancer (Application), their relationship will go well. But if Venus turns retrograde in motion before it reaches Mars by sextile exactly (Refranation), the woman will change her mind and lose the interest in her boyfriend. And if Mercury at 8° Virgo reaches Mars, passing over Venus (Prohibition), before Venus reaches Mars, another woman will snatch the boyfriend away. And also if Mars reaches Jupiter at 17° Cancer before Venus reaches Mars (Frustration), the boyfriend will marry with another woman.

If Venus is at 18° Virgo and Mars is at 15° Cancer (Separation), the woman is leaving from her boyfriend - they must have been in good terms though. But if both Venus and Mars apply to Jupiter at 18° Taurus (Collection), a third person represented by Jupiter will mediate the dispute. And if Mercury at 16° Virgo leaving Mars applies Venus (Translation), a third person will go on a message from the boyfriend to the woman.

In short, to judge a horary chart is to delineate symbolically the movement of the planets. Practically speaking, some charts cannot be judged only from the symbolic movements, and those needed other schemes - Arabic Parts, fixed stars, reception, antiscion, parallel of declination, etc. - to be judged. All the techniques will be studied through out the course, but a few horary examples are in this site.


2004 H. Shuseh Kokubu.