A Horary and a Horse Race

So it’s the first Tuesday in November.

Sure I know that it’s a special day in the US, but for those of us here in Australia, it’s Melbourne Cup Day.

The Melbourne Cup is literally the race that stops a nation. Even parliament stops at 3pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time). Is Australia the only country in the world who could stop everything for a horse race.

But then again, the natal chart of Australia (1 January, 1901 Swearing in of Federation) does have both Jupiter and Venus in Sagittarius- us Aussies love a beer and a punt.

This is also the day that every “mug punter” (Australian colloquialism for someone who has no flipping idea about betting, gambling or the rear end of a horse) come out to invest a few or a lot of dollars on a horse that carries their lucky number or their kids name or their favourite colours…or who just looks pretty.

Offices run sweepstakes and everyone who can’t get the time off to go to a “lunch” somewhere gathers in the lunchroom with platters of dips and biscuits to watch the race and yell for the name of the horse on their little slip of paper.

With an exalted 5th house Jupiter I choose my race horses very scientifically- in a similar way to how I select my football teams. And really, what else would you expect from a 5th house Jupiter squaring a 2nd house Venus. Not to mention that trine across to Neptune which adds a wonderful set of rose coloured glasses to how I read my form guide. Yep I bring science to my gambling- horses are picked on the basis of names and football teams on which suburbs have the best coffee or where I would prefer to live.

For non astro peeps, this all means that I have aspects in my chart which could potentially point to over indulgences and excess risks (Jupiter square Venus) being taken- none of which is likely to be done under the influence of a clear and sound mind (Jupiter trine Neptune)! Suffice to say, I love a Casino & I love a horse race, but I resist both out of deference to my bank account and my sanity. Of course there are good things to these aspects, but that is not what this post is about!

So I cast a horary for the time of the race. It’s the one at the start of this post.

I use a method I read in John Frawley’s amazing Sports Astrology.

I take the 5th house cusp and I move it anti-clockwise until it makes an aspect (a ptolemic aspect).

This is one “horary” where you can keep Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in the equation.

This is now where science comes into it. You scour the form guide for a horse that fits that planet by name association, or colour or number, or something else that’s completely accidental.

Using this method, the first aspect made is to Saturn in Scorpio. Then almost immediately, the Moon.

The Moon is trine Uranus, so I figured that could make the result unexpected. Then I saw the name of the horse Green Moon. Seriously, what is more unusual in a moon than if it happens to be green? So Green Moon was my choice.

Saturn in Scorpio was lurking around the edges.

Could it be Americain  who was running in the stars and stripes? A Moon/Uranus trine indicated (in my humble opinion) that the winner was unlikely to be a race favourite. So I went to the jockeys colours. Fiorente was racing in black silk with a purple sash- sounded very Saturn in Scorpio to me. So I put money on it too. A whole $5 each way on both horses…which came in 1st & 2nd. At good odds. Nice.

It was seriously that scientific. Using exactly the same technique, you may have come up with other names. Winning at the races has a great deal of luck attached to it. Today I got lucky.

I also always put money on the absolute outsider- for no other reason than that I’m a Pisces and I feel sorry for the horses no one else backs.

Now, before I go further, let me say, this horse race is generally the only race I throw good money on. My average outlay for the day is usually something huge like $25-$50. The usual fine print applies about betting only what you can afford. This is certainly not an encouragement for gambling as ultimately, it’s still all about luck and how you interpret the planets.

The next chart I should’ve cast is one that will give me some sort of applying aspect between the bookies money and mine- an applying aspect between the ruler of the 8th house and the ruler of the 2nd would see the bookies money come to me.

I didn’t cast that chart simply because for me, Cup Day is about having a little fun. Profit is a nice side effect.

Now before I take any bows here, I made 2 glaring errors- errors that are quite typical of both my brain and the impending Mercury retrograde.

Firstly I should have cast the chart using Campanus house system. Most horaries are cast using Regiomontanus.

This makes a slight difference. The cusp of the 5th is at 12 Cancer instead of 18 Cancer as it was under the chart I used.

This means that the 1st aspect made was to the Sun… and then to Saturn and the Moon.

Who knows, given that the Sun rules Leo and the Moon was in Leo, I might have got to the same result anyway, but I can’t hand on heart say that.

Obviously there is so much more to this, so if you are interested, grab yourself a copy of Sports Astrology– it’s a great read.

Oh and the other race, the one in the US? I’m so not going there…

something about an election…

I was referred to this article in the Huffington Post this morning (thanks Stella).

Essentially it’s about the US elections and how this election day coincides with Mercury stationing retrograde.

The piece is by Eric Francis, and is a great analysis of just what can be expected from this astrological event. Have a read.

Just 2 years ago, a similar thing happened here in Australia.

I wrote about it here.

The chart, cast for 8am (when the polls opened on the East Coast of Australia) had both competitors conjunct.

As a horary, this was a beautiful chart to look at.

At the time I cast it as if it were a sporting event (hey, I’m an Aussie).

The two combatants are:

  • The sitting Prime Minister Julia Gillard- Lord of the 1st house (the planet that rules the 1st house). I’m loosely a labour voter (that would translate to “liberal” or democrat in the US system), so if this were a sports horary, this would represent my team.
  • The Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott- Lord of the 7th house (the planet that rules the 7th house). Mr Abbott is the leader of the Liberal party (in US terms, that is the right wing party…yes, I know it’s confusing…)

With Libra on the 1st, Julia Gillard is represented by Venus, while Tony Abbott is represented by Mars (Aries is on the cusp of the 7th).

This was even more appropriate for this particular election as Julia Gillard is a Libra Sun and Tony Abbott is a Scorpio Sun with an Aries Moon and, as an avid sportsman, is very much represented by Mars.

Further, for the first time, this election was being conducted along gender lines. The campaign itself was one of the most boring I have experienced, but that’s by the by.

There were 2 other important oppositions at play on this day- Saturn vs Jupiter and Neptune vs the Sun.

The outcome?

There wasn’t one.  Not for around 3 weeks…yep, not until Mercury went direct.

The Green party won more seats than they have in the past and awarded their preferences to the Labor party, yet even with these seats, Labor did not have a clear majority. For all intents and purposes, the result was a draw, with just a few independents holding the balance of power and eventually allowing Ms Gillard to form a government.

The Australian system of government is very different to the US model- and this blog is neither the time nor the place for a lesson in Australian politics. Having said that, I’ll be watching the US games with much interest.

Horary: Will I Get The Job?

Chart cast using Solarfire
Chart cast using Solarfire

Ok, we haven’t done a horary question on the blog for a while, so non Astro peeps, this is probably your cue to yawn loudly and turn away in boredom…

My friend (and yes, I have her ok to use this) is applying for a role that she is pretty sure that she wants. She is, however, already in a job so doesn’t want to waste too much effort on interviewing for something that she is unlikely to get and isn’t even entirely sure that she wants.

The chart is above. The first thing you might notice is that the outer planets are not listed- horary techniques do not use Uranus, Neptune or Pluto…and heaven forbid any of the asteroids would come into the picture. This is a quick, traditional technique- and those planets weren’t known at that time.

Secondly, I have cast the chart using the Regiomontanus house system. Why? Because John Frawley told me so, and William Lilly told him (well, metaphorically given that I have never met John Frawley and given that William Lilly has been dead for like ever, John Frawley has never physically met him either).

So, the main points.

The person asking the question (the quesitor) is Lord 1, ie the planet ruling the Ascendant. As the Ascendant is Cancer (incidentally my clients Sun sign), Lord 1 is represented by the Moon, which is in Capricorn. As an aside her natal Moon is also in Capricorn.

The job is represented by Lord 10, ie the planet ruling the 10th house. As the 10th house is represented by Taurus, Lord 10 is Venus. Given that Venus is in rulership in Taurus and is next to Jupiter, this job is very good!

To see if she will get the job I look for an applying aspect between the Moon (Lord 1) and Venus (Lord 10). If there is an aspect, she will get the job (all other things being equal).

The nature of the aspect will tell us how difficult the process will be. In horary we look only at the ptolomeic aspects ie conjunction, square, opposition, trine and sextile.

In this case there is an applying aspect, and it is a trine. She will get the job easily.

Taking this one step further, Venus in Taurus exalts the Moon, they want her…a lot (she tends to be quite highly sought after in her industry). The job likes my client- normally “the job” doesn’t care who does it. (You may find similar dignity in charts where the quesitor has been head-hunted or “encouraged” to apply for the role).

The Moon in Capricorn, however, is in the sign of its detriment. Not happy at all where she currently is- or at least ho humming along.

We look to the 7th for rivals. Aside from representing partnerships, the 7th is also “open” or declared enemies. Any competitor falls into this definition. If Lord 7 (Saturn in this case) also aspects Lord 10 and will perfect the aspect before my client, they will get the role. In this case Saturn makes no aspect to Venus. There is no serious competition.

What else?

Lord 11 shows the proceeds of the job, the pay. In this case, that is Mercury which is, as we know, retrograde. The money is not great, in fact she would take a small decrease initially, but there is a lot of prestige and huge exposure.

Frawley also comments that the North Node or a strongly dignified planet in the 10th will be associated with fortune in 10th house matters. Venus and Jupiter are conjunct very close to the 10th house cusp, and Venus is in rulership. Need I say more?

Actually yes, if she does get the job before Mercury turns direct, she needs to check, recheck and check again the terms of whatever contract she is offered before signing.

The usual credit goes to the work of John Frawley and his wonderful books…If you are interested in Horary, grab at least “The Horary Textbook”, or “The Real Astrology.” Wanna have a go yourself? Astro.com (astrodienst- I haven’t put the full link here as it automatically picks up all my saved charts) can be used for free. The details entered should be for the moment the question is clear in your head and make sure you select Regiomontanus under the House System.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Horary of sorts

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He loves me, he loves me not.

Remember the innocent days when you could work it out just by pulling the petals off a daisy flower…and then get another flower if you didn’t like the answer you originally got… and then another…

My friend (no names, lets call her “Jane”…and yes, I do have her permission to post this…) has been doing a little dance of sorts with a colleague (lets call him “John”) for the last couple of years. She feels that there is a definite connection between them, although neither has said anything to the other. There have been a few “almost” moments where either of them could have made a move and didn’t.

Her question is simple- how does he feel about me? The chart (below) was cast for the time the question was asked of me. ***Warning, astro technical speak and rather rambling horary follows***

Jane is represented by the ruler of the 1st house (Lord 1)- in this case Jupiter (Sagittarius). In relationship questions the Moon (unless the Moon represents the person being asked about) is also given to the person asking the question- it shows where her heart is.

John is given the ruler of the 7th house (lord 7)- in this case Mercury (Gemini).

In relationship questions only, the Sun (male) and Venus (female) are co-significators (if they aren’t already being used as Lord 1 or 7). This tells us about any sexual attraction.

So, looking at the question asked- What does John think about Jane?

Mercury in Cancer loves the Moon (rules Cancer) and is enthralled by Jupiter (Jupiter is exalted in Cancer). Not only does he have strong feelings for her, these are exaggerated- he probably has her on a pedestal of some type.

The Sun is also in Cancer and whilst he loves her, he has no real attraction to Venus. He isn’t turned off, but nor is he necessarily turned on by her. In short, his head and his heart are into her- in fact, Jane probably dominates his thoughts. Mercury is coming to the end of Cancer, so whilst he may still love her, the exaggerated nature of it will die down.

As for Jane? What does she feel for him? Her head doesn’t much care- Mercury in this chart represents friendship for Jane. Jupiter in Taurus has no real interest in either Mercury or the Sun in Cancer. Venus in Gemini is ruled by Mercury, so yep, she finds him pretty shaggable. As to the Moon (her heart)? The Moon is combust the Sun, ie within a few degrees of being conjunct the Sun- she is overwhelmed by him and can’t see or think clearly about him at present…but that won’t last. If he were to make a move now, it wouldn’t occur to her to do anything other than succumb.

The presence of Mars just inside the 7th house, probably indicates someone else who is important in the situation, but given that the question asked only related to Jane and John, I have left that one alone.

Will they get together? Probably. The Moon is approaching a conjunction with the Sun…but this is not something she wants to know about.

Jane admits she knew the answers before she asked, but often it isn’t that straight forward in relationship questions as we project our own desires onto the other person. The horary asks the question for now- not as it will be or as it was- that is the subject of a whole new question. Can the horary be wrong? Nope. Can I be wrong? In this case, I truly don’t believe so J.

As with all questions horary, the message is not to ask if there is a possibility that you may not be able to accept the answer… which is one of the reasons I try very hard not to answer relationship horaries!

What will Jane do with this information? Now, that isn’t for publication…

To be or not to be… and other questions….

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We all want to know stuff. Am I right or am I right? Sometimes we want to know stuff before the Universe thinks we are ready to know it. Sometimes we want to know it so we can control it. Sometimes we want to know it because it gives power over someone else. Sometimes we want to know just because we want to know.

When we want to know what we want to know, when we want to know it, we can ask the Magic 8 ball or we can cast a chart- a horary chart, that is.

More reliable than the Magic 8 ball (yes, really), horary has been practiced for hundreds of years and was traditionally the way astrologers operated way back when they didn’t have Solarfire or Astro Gold on their iphones. Back when astrological consultations were quick and simple affairs, when counselling wasn’t required and the emotional reasons behind a decision or a finding didn’t need to be explored to the nth degree.

The master back in those days was William Lilly. But if you want to learn more about this technique now, grab yourself one of John Frawley’s books- The Horary Textbook is my personal favourite, although Sports Astrology has been invaluable when engaging in the fine and ancient art of footy tipping. You can order his books through the website.

In fact it is from The Horary Textbook that this definition comes from:

“Horary is the art of drawing specific answers to specific questions from an astrological chart set for the time the question is asked. It is quick, simple and effective, providing concrete verifiable answers.”

What sort of questions? Make them specific:

Will I get the job?

Should I stay where I am or go?

How does he feel about me?

Will he leave his wife (do I really need a chart for that???)

Will we hook up?

When will I get paid?

Will I lose my job?

When will I lose my job?

There is no ambivalence. The answer is the answer and unless the querent (the technical word for the person asking the question) is prepared to ask a clear question and accept the answer, it is probably not worth doing.

The most popular questions these days are around love, money and career. Most of us don’t trust the signals we receive (or is that just me) and might need to ask the question about the object of our affection.

The most common problem querents (there is that word again) have with horary is its’ simplicity. There is no room for emotion of what if ‘s or buts or he saids. He is into you or he isn’t.

I stuffed up at work today- does my boss still like me? Nope, he is pretty pissed with you at the moment.

I am in love with this guy at work, how does he feel about me? Actually, he isn’t really into you from a shag viewpoint, but sees you as a friend.

Will he and I get together? Why didn’t you ask that question first?

Will the guy at work and I hook up? Both significators are conjunct each other- are you sure you are not already sleeping together?

Get the idea?

Over the last week or so I have had cause to cast a few horaries for different people- a couple job related, a couple relationship orientated, one for a lost item (where did I leave my ipod?) and one frustration related (he said he would ring by 10- where is he?). I have previously cast them for luggage left in Sydney when I was in Melbourne (when would it arrive? The answer made me rush out to Myer to buy a change of undies for the next day). I cast one for the most recent Australian election & the AFL Grand Final. I have cast numerous to find out whether my team or my friends team or my husbands team or my bosses team would win the football that weekend. I even cast a chart when the server went missing between Adelaide and Brisbane. Check out the horary category for some examples.

But for now, I need to tell hubby that I have to go to Brisbane again…the question? Will he be pissed off? The answer…hmmmm now is a good a time as any- the Moon is in Leo, he is pretty ambivalent.

Where is the Server? A Horary Chart

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Regular readers will know that I have been doing some facility relocations recently- it is part of my partition job, and actually one of the parts I like the best. During the most recent move a server went missing somewhere between Adelaide and Brisbane.

So, where is it?

Horary astrology is, to quote the master John Frawley (from his book The Horary Textbook) “the art of drawing specific answers to specific questions from an astrological chart set for the time the question is asked.”

A traditional technique, charts can be drawn for any specific question from “how does he feel about me?” to “should I take the job?” to “when will the tradesman turn up?” to “should I stay or should I go?” to “where the flip is this flipping server?”

So, for keen students of traditional astrology, here is the chart for the minute that I asked the question plus some of my ideas from the chart. But please, if anyone has any ideas, send them on through! It may be old, but it is much loved and missed. And, as is usual with missing items, domestic blindness counts for a lot & someone un-related may just see what we have missed…or may read the chart completely different to me &, in so doing, find the flipping server.

Step 1- What planet signifies the missing server?

We need to find the significators of the server. Usually moveable possessions are signified by the 2nd house, but in this case, the server doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to the company I work for. My job (and my boss) is signified by the 10th house, so the server is the 2nd house from the 10th, ie the 11th house. The sign on the cusp of the 11th house is Taurus, the ruling planet of Taurus is Venus. Therefore Venus could be the missing server. We call the ruling planets of the sign on each cusp the “Lord” of that house. But each planet also is the natural ruler of something, and Mercury rules computers and computing equipment, so we will keep this in mind as well.

Step 2- Will it be found?

Are there any applying aspects between the significators? In this case, is there likely to be an aspect formed between Lord 10 (Mars, my boss) and Lord 11 (Venus) or Mercury (the server). If there are no applying aspects it is pointless looking for it any further- it is unlikely to be found.

In this case, Venus (at 3 Pisces) makes no aspect to Mars (at 27 Pisces). And Mercury? Mercury is stationary about to turn retrograde. Mercury will, however, meet up with Mars when Mars is Aries and Mercury is retrograde. I reckon we will get it back.

Step 3- Where is it?

This is where horary is difficult for lost objects. With just 12 houses and 7 planets (in horary astrology we use only the traditional 7 planets- Saturn signifies the limits to which planets can be seen by the naked eye & we treat outer planets in horary much like a fixed star) to signify every possible position and situation, well, you can only imagine. At least for job or love questions, the outcomes are substantially more limited. Does he love you? The answer is generally yes, no, or he just wants a shag.

Planets within 5 degrees of a house cusp in the same sign as that house cusp are said to be within that house (in horary astrology). Mercury is therefore in the 10th. If I didn’t know that the premises in both Adelaide and Brisbane had been thoroughly searched I would take the guess that it was there.

What other (increasingly loose) guesses can I come up with? Mercury is at the top of the chart, so it is somewhere north or up high-ish. It is in a fire sign, so it is somewhere hot and dry. Hmmm maybe it made it to Brisbane and is on a shelf somewhere? Brisbane has, after all, dried out again now. I think I will contact the courier company & get them to check in their Brisbane warehouse…again… Anyone else with any ideas?

A Horse Race and a Horary

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The race that stops a nation has been run and won…but not by anything I had my money on. Is Australia the only country in the world where everything- Parliament, normal business, everything stops for a few minutes at 3pm Daylight Davings Time on the first Tuesday in November to watch a horse race? But then again, the natal chart for Australia (1/1/1901 Swearing in of Federation) does have both Jupiter and Venus in Sagittarius- us Aussies like a gamble and we love a good sporting competition.

This is also the day that every “mug punter” (Australian colloquialism for someone who has no flipping idea about betting, gambling or the rear end of a horse) come out to invest a few or a lot of dollars on a horse that carries their lucky number or their kids name or their favourite colours…or who just looks pretty. Offices run sweepstakes and everyone who can’t get the time off to go to a “lunch” somewhere gathers in the lunchrooms with platters of dips and biscuits to watch the race and yell for the name of the horse on their little slip of paper.

With an exalted 5th house Jupiter I choose my race horses very scientifically- in a similar way to how I select my football teams. And really, what else would you expect from a 5th house Jupiter squaring a 2nd house Venus. Not to mention that trine across to Neptune which adds a wonderful set of rose coloured glasses to how I read my form guide. Yep I bring science to my gambling- horses are picked on the basis of names and football teams on which suburbs have the best coffee or where I would prefer to live.

For non astro peeps, this all means that I have aspects in my chart which could potentially point to over indulgences and excess risks (Jupiter square Venus) being taken- none of which is likely to be done under the influence of a clear and sound mind (Jupiter trine Neptune)! Suffice to say, I love a Casino & I love a horse race, but I resist both out of deference to my bank account and my sanity. Of course there are good things to these aspects, but that is not what this post is about!

With Pluto sextile Venus today, I chose Profound Beauty to invest half of my $20 budget on. The other $10 went on Red Ruler as I figured the Venus/pluto sextile is happening on my natal Mars and in Scorpio…red…get it?

Mind you, I cast a horary chart for when I placed the bet- which allowed me to be prudent in my investment. Why? Because there was no way I was going to win. Actually, judging from my past record of melbourne Cups, I didn’t need to cast a horary chart to predict that- I rarely win! Anyways, it provides good example material for horary. So for astro peeps, here is the theory…in brief:

For the chart, cast at 3pm for the time of the race, the ruler of the 2nd house (signifying my money) is represented by Mars in Sagittarius in the 10th house. Not bad. I am inclined to take a risk with my money at present :).

The bookies money (ruler of the 8th) is Venus in Scorpio in the 9th house, but retrograde. Not good at all.

But the relative strength of these planets is not what is important in this chart. For the Bookies money to become mine, we are looking for, (thanks to John Frawley and his brilliant Sports Astrology) an aspect between the bookies money & mine. An applying aspect, therefore, between Mars and Venus (or some argue, the Moon). Moreover a ptolemaic aspect ie conjunction, sextile, trine, square, opposition. There is none between these two planets or between the Moon and Venus, therefore nothing linking his money to mine. I will lose. And so I did. My whole $20 investment (plus sweeps, but these don’t get counted!)

Why didn’t I cast a specific chart for the race? Seriously? Twenty four horses & I really have no interest in any of them? Nope, couldn’t be faffed. My only interest is in whether I would win or lose.

If you do want to know more about horary in general, check out any of John Frawley’s books, but specifically The Horary Textbook. If your interest is in Sports Astrology, he has a brilliant book on that too.

Now that Melbourne Cup is over and the fascinators put away for another year, our thoughts turn naturally to Christmas. The cycle of life in Australia continues.

Ooops I originally posted this chart with the outer planets & Chiron in it, but in Horary we don’t use Uranus, Neptune, Pluto or any of the asteroids. I have now posted the correct less confusing chart.

Another Horary- St Kilda Can Bust

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WTF?

In being unable to do anything constructive except groan, faint and look pale & interesting over the last 24 hours, I had to get my daughter to update a friends’ Facebook page with my prediction for todays AFL Grand Final replay. My message was supposed to read:

“Mum is sick but says Collingwood will win because St Kilda’s significator is combust”…Instead what was posted was:

“Mum is sick and says Collingwood will win because St Kilda can bust.” Hmmmm

The chart (posted above) was cast for the time of the first bounce to start play & on 1st glance I was thinking St Kilda by a mile. What changed my mind were the following observations:

  • Both significators were substantially weakened by being in the 8th house- makes sense, they had been through a mega game for nothing last week.
  • Whilst St Kilda (Lord 1) was represented by Saturn exalted in Libra, Collingwood (Lord 7) was weakened by being in the sign of its fall in Libra. But, and this is a pretty big but…Saturn being just a degree away from the Sun is what the traditionals refer to as “combust”- essentially, this is one of the absolute weakest positions a planet can find itself in.
  • Neither significator was receiving any mitigating aspects from any other of the traditional planets (horary uses just the planets out to Saturn) & whilst Saturn formed a square to each of the nodes, this can be ignored as the nodes don’t cast light so can’t make an aspect.

Having said all of this, I will admit to only going back to the chart for a closer look when I saw Neptune on the ascendant- even though we don’t use modern planets in a horary, it screamed confusion and “all is not as it seems” to me.

As in all things traditional & horary, I give great thanks to the Master- John Frawley. His book Sports Astrology has been invaluable for footy tipping advice…although, of course, I apply the knowledge to matters of so much more greater import 🙂

I didn’t want to be right, St Kilda is my team…but today they very definitely did “bust”.