William Lilly rightly says that once the student has the ability to set a chart, the most important thing to understand is the meanings of the houses. If we look at the wrong house to locate whatever our querenr is asking about, we shall probably arrive at the wrong answer to the querent's question. A clear under- standing of the houses is therefore essential. The chart is divided into twelve sections. Technically, these are called mundane houses or earthly houses in contrast to the celestial houses, which is another name for the signs of the zodiac. Although it is customary now to refer to the celestial houses as 'signs', it is worth remembering that they too are houses.
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William Lilly rightly says that once the student has the ability to set a chart, the most important thing to understand is the meanings of the houses. If we look at the wrong house to locate whatever our querenr is asking about, we shall probably arrive at the wrong answer to the querent's question.
A clear under- standing of the houses is therefore essential. The chart is divided into twelve sections. Technically, these are called mundane houses or earthly houses in contrast to the celestial houses, which is another name for the signs of the zodiac.
Although it is customary now to refer to the celestial houses as 'signs', it is worth remembering that they too are houses. The word 'house' can often be taken literally in the chart, as representing a physi- cal abode, whether it is a celestial sign or mundane house.
The old texts tefer to both signs and houses as 'houses'. Although this is correct, it can sometimes be confusing. Imagine the chart is a cake. There are many ways of dividing it into twelve slices, giving us the twelve houses of the chart.
Do we divide the cake by eye? Do we count the number of cherries in each section and divide it equally like that? Do we divide it according to the appetite of those who are to eat it, making sure each is equally satisfied?
Similarly, there are many ways of dividing the chart into houses. These are called house systems. The charts in this book are cast in the Regiomontanus house system. I urge you to use this for horary. It is the system used by Lilly, and it works, as can be shown not by the subjective criterion of 'I prefer my birthchart cast by this system because it puts my Venus in this house not that house', but because we can make accurate predictions from the position of the house-cusps it gives, which is the one variable between systems.
This does not imply that Regiomontanus is the best system for all purposes: I use Placidus for natal work. Regiomontanus is well suited to horary. If you were to divide the sky into equal chunks by eye, Regiomontanus is what you would get. It is observer-based, bringing the division of the heavens right down to Earth, which is wholly appropriate for horary, where the question asked by this person right here now is what determines the reality of the chart.
They are all equal. Consider your own home. This may be equal to someone else's in many ways: because it covers the same number of square yards; because it has the same number of bedrooms; because it can fetch the same price on the market. It is the same with astrological houses: they are equal in many different ways. Regiomontanus houses are all 30 degrees across, but 30 degrees of Right Ascension, not of Celestial Longitude.
C, As the degrees on the cusps 5 Taurus, 12 Gemini, and so forth are measured in Celestial Longitude, the houses do not appear to be the same size - just as my house may not be the same size as yours in floor area, bur it might be in terms of the number of rooms it has. There is a fashion among those astrologers who study ancient texts to practice horary with whole sign houses. Apart from being philosophically questionable, this sacrifices finesse.
Use Regiomontanus: it works, and works well. This distinction between Right Ascension and Celestial Longitude means that charts cast in Regiomontanus will often have some signs sitting on more than one house cusp, while other signs are completely contained within a house, not being on any house cusp.
Signs that are completely contained within a house, having no cusp falling within them, are called incepted or intercepted. Turn to the chart on page 78, where Aries and Pisces are incepted in the 12th house and Libra and Virgo in the 6th. There is nothing of any significance in a sign being incepted, or a planet being in a sign that is incepted. The sign doesn' happen to have a house cusp in it - that's all. Celestial Longitude is measurement along rhe eclipric.
They both divide rhe sky inro degrees. Imagine there are WO motorways leaving a city. One heads due easr, so driving 30 miles along that takes you 30 miles east. The orher heads a little north by east: drive 30 miles along ha and you have travelled perhaps 25 miles east and a few miles north. But you have still rravelled 30 miles.
Right Ascension and Celesrial Longirude are relared ro each orher in the same way. The same is true in natal asrrology. When using Regiomonranus or Placidus , a planet in the 5 degrees or so immediately before a house cusp is regarded as being in that next house.
Example: in the chart on page 78 the Moon is at 26 Cancer and the 5th cusp at 28 Cancer. The Moon is within 5 degrees of that cusp, and so in the 5th, not the 4th, house. This 5-degree limit is flexible: use your common sense. If the house before the cusp is a huge house wirh one or even two incepted signs in it, we would be more free with this 5-degree limit than if it were a narrow house, with perhaps only 20 degrees of longitude from one side to the other. NB: to be counted as being in the next house, the planet must be in the same sign as the cusp, no matter how close it is to that cusp.
If the cusp were at 5. Think of this area in front of the cusp as the front garden of the house. You may not be inside the house, but if you are in the front garden you are on that property - and you are definitely not in the house next door.
There is nothing fuzzy or ambiguous about this: the planet is either in the one house or in the other. This 5-degree rule applies only to houses, not to signs. A planet in the last few degrees of its sign is not regarded as being in the next sign. Throughout this book, when I describe a planet as being on a cusp, I mean that it is in the one or two degrees immediately before that cusp.
When I say it is inside the cusp, I mean it is in the couple of degrees immediately following that cusp.
As between them the houses contain everything in our world, an exhaustive list of meanings is impossible; this list covers the main topics. Part 2 of this book considers questions typical to each house. The thing is. Apprentice Books, London, , p. Hereafter refetred to as RA AppLied.
Example: my piano is my possession and it is movable, so it is 2nd house. It has nothing to do with the 5th house of creativity and pleasure. To assign it to the 5th makes irrelevant assumptions: that I can play it; that it is playable; that I enjoy playing it.
My piano is my movable possession, and so is 2nd house, even if my only use for it is to conceal a damp patch on the wall. ISt house Its main role is to show the querent. It shows the querent's body, although in a medical question the whole chart can show the body, in which case the 1st shows the head. It shows 'the ship that I sail in': my immediate vehicle, on the analogy of the body being the vehicle of the soul.
The querent's name. The first is 'me'; it can also be 'us'. When one spouse asks about something that the couple plans to do, the chart can either show que rent and spouse individually as 1st and 7th houses, or it can show them both as 1st: 'us'.
It also shows larger groups of which the querent is a part 'Will we get the contract? The 1st shows the general situation in the querent's location. So if I ask 'Will we have a hot summer? If it cannot be moved e. If it's yours, inani- mate and can be moved, it belongs here. So your car is shown by your 2nd house: it's yours and it can be moved. It is not 3rd: remember the distinction between the thing itself and the function of that thing.
It is the querent's money, in whatever form that takes: currency, bank account, stocks and bonds. It is the querent's self-esteem, self-valuing, and also esteem for the partner: esteem, or value, seen as a transferable thing.
It is your closest advisors, like the consigliere in The Godfather. In a duel it is your second; in court it is your lawyer and the witnesses who testify on your behalf. Your lawyer is 2nd only if acting for you in this case that is being asked about now; otherwise lawyers belong in the 9th, as learned people.
It is the throat and whatever goes into the throat, hence food. It is what sustains the 1st house. Your daily round; the routine journeys that you make for the mundane business of your life. These tend to be shorter than the special journeys that we make, hence the common label of 'short journeys' for this house. But if I walk round the corner to visit a shrine, that is a pilgrimage, a 9th- house sort of journey, despite its being so short. Your office could be next door to the church you attend, but your journey to your office would be 3rd house, your journey to church 9th.
The knowledge that you need to negotiate your daily round: the '3 Rs'. The elementary school where you acquire this knowledge. The letter that you are sending. The letter you are expecting is usually shown by the 9th 3rd from the 7th ; the letter you keep for sentimental reasons is your possession, and so is 2nd.
Rumours and gossip. Being the opposite house to the 9th the querent's teacher , it shows the querent's students. It shows neighbours.
The Horary Textbook
John Frawley - The Horary Textbook
Horary is the branch of astrology that provides clear, specific answers to specific questions. Quick, simple, and accurate, horary was for centuries the most valuable tool in any astrologer's work-box. Whether the question be on love, career, illness - or predicting the weather for a barbecue, this clear and comprehensive guide by a modern master of horary shows you how to answer it. The first edition of this book quickly established itself as a classic of astrological teaching. Now this master of the craft shares his deepening understanding, bringing what he has learned in the intervening years of teaching and practice to clarify, expand upon, and correct the original text.