"Will I find a position?"

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

The querent was an engineer working for an automobile maker. He was not very happy with the position and was thinking of becoming a freelance or working for another company. As he had already given notice of resignation to his company, he had to make decision by the end of that year. He asked, "Will I be able to find a new position by the end of this year? Or will I become a freelance?"

Chart: 15 Oct 1998, 04.22 p.m. JST, 139E46 35N44
15 Oct. 1998, 04:22 p.m. JST, 139E46 35N44.

A horary astrologer will need to see if the chart is radical or not. William Lilly refers only to the similarity of the hour ruler and the ascending sign and its ruler, but Abraham Ibn Ezra says a horary chart is radical if a planet which has any dignity in the ascending degree aspects to the ascendant. In this chart the Sun aspects to the ascendant by opposition, and it is the ruler of the fiery triplicity by day and is exalted in Aries. Therefore this chart is radical.

The ascendant ruler Mars and the Moon were in the sixth house of employees, and this made me think that he would get a position with another company - he would have become a freelance if they were angular.

Saturn is retrograde in the first house, which can signify the denial of perfection of the matter asked about. But it does not affect the matter in this case because Saturn is the ruler of the tenth house which represents the querent's profession. So, this is rather a good signification for him. The Moon is applying to Saturn by trine and they are in mutual reception by exaltation and triplicity - we must remember that another horary authority Zahel used the Greek-style triplicity rulers that assigns Saturn as the third ruler of the fiery triplicity. The Moon, however, has to enter the next sign to perform the trine aspect with Saturn. In such a case the quesited matter will realize when the querent has abandoned or forgotten the quesited matter, and it always takes longer time than the querent expects. I judged that the querent would get a new position in the next year.

And then he asked when he would get a new position. It is sometimes difficult to judge the timing of perfection in horary astrology because there are several factors to be considered. The easiest way is to measure the ecliptic distance between the significators in aspect. As you can see, there are 5 degrees between the Moon and Saturn, and it implies five months later.

Another possibility is four months later because there are almost 4 degrees between Venus and the Sun. Some may wonder why I refer to these two planets. In this sort of questions, moving from the current place to another, the seventh house represents the new place. Venus rules the seventh house that represents the new company that the querent would join, and the Sun is the almuten of the ascendant, that is, a planet which has the most dignity on a house cusp. And also the conjunction of Venus and the Sun was a signification for an affirmative answer. I thought that Venus-Sun was more prominent than Moon-Saturn because it was in the seventh house of the new company. Distance of ecliptic degrees in angular-cardinal usually equates 'days', but given the signification that the quesited matter would take place in the next year, I said he would join the new company within four months, probably in the first half of February.

The querent applied for a position with a certain company in November and he had two interviews. He felt these had been promising but he did not have an offer letter at all. Then he looked for other opportunities and forgot the company he visited in November. In the last week of January next year he received an official offer from that company, which made him surprised and pleased, and joined on 1st February, three months and a half after the question.


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