Astrology’s Divination System


Horary astrology is the divination part of the field. It’s the equivalent of asking a question and pulling tarot cards, tossing coins for an I Ching interpretation, reading the patterns of leaves in a teacup. At the moment a question is asked, a chart is erected – date, time, place. But there are particular rules that must be followed.

In the chart at the top of the post, I asked if a particular writing project would sell. The first step in interpretation is to look at the rising sign – that point to the far left of the circle, smack in the middle that looks like a ram’s horns. That’s Aries at 11degrees 30 minutes. Aries is ruled by Mars, so we have to look at where Mars falls in this chart – 10 house, at 1 degree and 52 minutes Aquarius. The 10th house is career. So this fits because the question concerns a career matter. Mars also represents me, the person asking the question.

Now we have to look at the very top of the chart, the line that divides the 9th and 10th houses. That’s called the Midheaven, the cusp of the 10th house. The sign there is Capricorn, ruled by Saturn. You’ll see Saturn’s symbol in the 9th house at 2 degrees and 40 minutes of Capricorn. The 9th house represents publishing. This also fits the question since I’m asking about the sale of a publishing project.

The moon in horary astrology represents the question. This one is in the 10th house, too, at 18 degrees 17 minutes Capricorn. Again it fits with the career question.

The next thing to look at is the angles these various planets make to each other. On the positive side, we’re looking for 60 or 120 degrees angles – sextiles or trines. On the negative side, 90 degrees or oppositions, 180 degrees.

Since the moon in Capricorn symbolizes the question, I now look for other planets close to or at 18 degrees of anything. And I see Jupiter in the 8th house at 19 degrees and 456 minutes of Scorpio. Jupiter symbolizes, among other things, publishing. The 8th house is other people’s money. The Capricorn moon forms a strong sextile to Jupiter and it’s applying – meaning it’s degrees are less than Jupiter’s, so it’s coming up to form a perfect 60 degree angle. Moon: 18 degrees and 17 minutes of Capricorn; Jupiter at 19 minutes and 56minutes of Scorpio.

All that is a plus in the YES column.

What are the other important planets in this chart doing? Well, Saturn (which rules the career question) is in house 9 at 2 degrees and 40 minutes of Capricorn and forms a sextile to Venus in the 7th house at 6 degrees and 1 minute of Scorpio. The 7th house is about partnerships, both business and personal, and Venus is about $, romance and love, beauty, and women. This angle tells me that a woman is most likely to buy this project. Saturn also forms a trine – 120 degrees – to Uranus at 1 degree and 52 minutes of Taurus in the first house (self, in this case, the book idea). Any time Uranus is involved in the equation, it suggests an unexpected and unforeseen element, a surprise.

So far, this looks positive for sale. But then I see that Mars at 1 degrees 52 minutes Aquarius is exactly square (90 degrees) to Uranus at 1 degrees and 52 minutes Taurus in the first house. Squares are challenging. If this project happens, there may be some unexpected hurdles to overcome.

So the answer seems to be YES, then MAYBE BECAUSE, then, well, one more look. Right next to the moon is Pluto at 18 degrees 47 minutes Capricorn, making these two conjunct. Pluto is about power, the absolute bottom line. The moon is about emotions, intuition, and both form a beneficial 60 degree angle to Jupiter in Scorpio in the 8th house, and Jupiter rules publishing.

I believe the answer to my question is yes, the project sells, but there may be glitches – initial rejections, perhaps, or caveats. Something. Now we’ll wait and see. I’ll report back. Stay tuned…

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2 Responses to Astrology’s Divination System

  1. bh says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way, given my history around here – I am genuinely curious…

    If I were to ask a different question at the same time you asked yours, the planets would all be in the same locations – wouldn’t that mean any question asked at that moment would yield exactly the same results? Put differently, what if you and I asked two questions at the same time with mutually exclusive answers – the stars and planets would give us both the same answer, but only one of them could be right.

    More concretely – if you asked, “Will my book sell”, and at the same time I asked, “Will your book be a flop?”, wouldn’t the “YES” answer you derived above apply to both questions? How do you reconcile that?

    (and just so we’re clear, I hope your book sells 🙂 )

    • Trish and Rob says:

      That’s a good question! Selling and being a flop are 2 different things, so you’d look for different aspects – squares, oppositions, challenging angles. Part of any divination system is how the question is asked. I don’t know of any writers who would ask, Hey, will my book be a flop?! 🙂

      The first thing you look at in horary is the degree on the ascendant – if it’s within the first 3 degrees, it’s too early to tell. If it’s in the last degrees, then it’s too late to ask the question.

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