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    Horary astrology is an ancient branch of horoscopic astrology by which an

    astrologer attempts to answer a question by constructing a horoscope for the exact

    time at which the question was received and understood by the astrologer. There is

    disagreement amongst horary astrologers as to whether to use the location of the

    person who asks the question - the querent - or the location of the astrologer.Normally they are in the same place, but in modern times many astrologers work

    online and by telephone. These days the querent could be in Australia and send an

    email with the question to an astrologer in Europe. The horoscope would in this case

    be radically different. Many European practitioners take the location of the querent,

    but there are strong voices in traditional English schools who advocate using the

    location of the astrologer.

    The answer to the horary question might be a simple yes or no, but is generally more

    complex with insights into, for example, the motives of the questioner, the motives of

    others involved in the matter, and the options available to him.


    1 History

    2 Approach

    3 Assigning Houses

    4 Turning the chart

    5 Interpretation

    6 See also


    Horary astrology has been practiced for centuries in India known as Prasna Shastra (Sanskrit prasna =

    question). It is a branch of Vedic astrology which is still widely used across the Indian subcontinent. The more

    advanced form is the Astamangalam Prasna and Deva Prasna methods of Kerala. The state of Kerala, in India,

    is famous even today for its traditional use of horary astrology.

    The English astrologer William Lilly (160281) was the last major horary astrologer, and probably the

    best-known horary practitioner in history.


    Horary astrology has its own strict system. The position of and aspects to the moon are of prime importance.

    The person asking the question, or querent, is represented by the ruler of the sign the first house cusp falls on in

    the horoscope. Planetary aspects to the house cusps are considered more important than in other branches of

    astrology (although it is the planetary rulers of the houses in question that take precedent in analysis). Other key

    elements used in horary astrology include the lunar nodes, the planetary antiscia, the fixed stars and the Arabic

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    Typically, a horary chart is read by first assigning the thing asked about, the quesited, to a particular house in

    the chart. For instance, asking "Where is my lost dog?" would be represented by the sixth house, as it is the

    house that governs small animals (traditionally, smaller than a goat). The house cusp of the sixth house will be in

    a particular sign, for example Libra. Libra is ruled by Venus, so Venus is considered the significator of the lost

    dog. Venus's state in the horoscope (its dignity, aspects, etc.) will give clues to the animal's location.

    Assigning Houses

    Houses play a more crucial role in horary astrology than they do in other branches of astrology. Any house

    system preferred by the astrologer may be used, but commonly horary astrologers choose to divide the chart

    using the Regiomontanus house system.

    Understanding the correct house for the context of the question is pivotal to the correct interpretation of a

    horary question. Everything can be assigned to a house and it is to that house, and its ruler, that the assignation

    of the quesited is derived. Whatever planet is ruling the sign on the cusp of the house is called the quesited. The

    context of the horary will often determine the house. For example, if the horary is about matters pertaining to

    career, the ruler of the 10th House, natural house for careers and jobs, will be the quesited.

    A short, non-exhaustive, list of possible associations with houses follows:

    The First House

    The querent (person asking the question). The querent's general vitality and life force. It may also

    describe the querent's appearance or temperament. It is considered the 'ship that you sail in'.

    The Second House

    The querent's finance, wealth and general material and financial possessions. Moveable possessions

    as opposed to immovable possessions. Allies or supports for the querent, such as your lawyer in

    court cases. Any personal (moveable) goods and belongings, immovable possessions such as housesare fourth house. Questions about the value of any of your possessions would be second house, for

    example the buying and selling of a car would be second house (not third).

    The Third House

    Siblings, neighbours and the local neighbourhood. Any general concern about relatives may be

    considered third house. Communications and contracts. General comings and goings and short

    journeys and travels. Letters, emails and paperwork. (Cars may be second or third depending on the

    context of the question- in matters of travel, the third may be used, in matters pertaining to the

    value of the car, or of buying or selling a car, then the second may be used.)

    The Fourth HouseParents generally but the father in particular. Immovable possessions as opposed to moveable

    possessions, e.g. your houses, garden, orchard. Mines, oil, buried treasure and anything which

    comes from the 'bowels of the earth'.

    The Fifth House

    Children, love affairs and sex (not the eighth house). Gambling, speculation, games and pleasure.

    Any venue that caters to our pleasures or provide entertainment including restaurants, pubs/taverns,

    theatres and music venues.

    The Sixth House

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    Illness and disease or sickness. Also servants, or anyone who works for you, such as a plumber,

    electrician or anyone in your employ. Pets and small animals, traditionally considered smaller than a

    goat (larger animals are twelfth house).

    The Seventh House

    Marriage, partners and partnerships - both business and personal. Competitors and opponents of all

    kinds. It is the house of open enemies, by which it is meant enemies that you are aware of. Hidden

    enemies are the twelfth house. If no other house suffices, use the seventh house to represent 'any

    old person'.

    The Eighth House

    Death, fears and anxiety. Inheritances, taxes and wills. It is also commonly used to indicate the

    financial status of partners or opponents (see 'Turning the chart' below).

    The Ninth House

    Long distance travel, or, travel to unknown or 'exotic' locations. Foreigners and foreign lands.

    Universities and students of any subject of higher education such as doctors, lawyers, priests and

    astrologers. Visions, dreams and religion, as well as churches and philosophies. Books. Pilgrimages

    or journeys for spiritual or religious reasons.

    The Tenth House

    Career, jobs, employers and persons of authority. Heads of state, the government generally, judges

    and royalty. It is also commonly used to indicate the property belonging to the partner or opponent

    (see 'Turning the chart' below).

    The Eleventh House

    Close friends or groups. Wishes, hopes and aspirations. It is considered the house of 'Good Fortune'

    and is often likened to 'pennies from heaven'. It is commonly used to infer the income from a

    profession or job as well as state benefits (see 'Turning the chart' below).

    The Twelfth House

    Secrets, hidden motives and enemies, captivity, imprisonment and self-undoing. Things not yet

    known to the querent. Any form of non-voluntary bondage or captivity, monastries, being voluntary

    and religious are ninth house. Witchcraft or any manner of secretly undermining the querent.

    Turning the chart

    In addition, houses may gain extra meaning by way of 'turning the chart'. If you know that the fourth house

    relates to the father, and that the third house relates to siblings, you can turn the chart to get the father's sibling

    by taking the third house (siblings) from the fourth house (father), in other words, by counting three house from

    the fourth. In this manner the sixth house (third from the fourth), in addition to its natural meaning, may also be

    used for any brothers and sisters of the father. In a horary question about, for example, your aunt or uncle, it

    would make sense to turn the chart and use the sixth house if it is your father's brother or sister, or, alternately,

    to use the twelfth house (third from tenth) if it is your mother's brother or sister. Turned houses are called

    derivedhouses, as opposed to the normal radical houses.


    Fundamental to horary astrology is the concept of planetary dignity and reception. Dignity comes in two forms,

    essential and accidental. Essential refers to the quality