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Horary Astrology Introduction

Horary astrologer writing on parchment with feather pen

 Horary Astrology Introduction

If you have studied Astrology seriously or just dipped your toe in the subject, especially those of you who started in the sixties, seventies and eighties, you may not be aware that you have become familiar with what we now call Modern Astrology.” That’s the Astrology that grew out of the spiritualist and theosophical movements of the late 19th century and then took on a strongly psychological emphasis by the late 20th century. Previously, Astrology had gone through a type of extinction from about 1666. It was relegated from the universities and confined to the domain of street fortune tellers with the advent of scientific materialism and the supposed “Age of Reason” / Enlightenment. After a lull, it returned under the umbrella of the New Age movements that re-shaped it within their spiritual evolutionary philosophies with a contemporary emphasis on free will and self-growth. But to all intents and purposes, with a rich history dating back to BCE in Sumer and Babylonia, Astrology’s forte was prediction and the branch called Horary (French for “of the hour”) was the surgical cutting edge in the timely art of prediction.

Horary is the delineation of a predicted outcome to a specific question. A chart is drawn for the time and place that the astrologer receives and understands the question. It looks just like a natal birth chart as it shares the same needed accurate time and exact locale. Unlike a birth chart, the astrologer only reads the topical part of the chart from which the questioner seeks an answer. That is, the astrological house that signifies a part of everyday life, its condition elicited from the planet that rules the sign on the cusp and planets that occupy that house. From this moment it is assumed that one can see the flow of events ahead within a pre-decided time, not in too distant a future, which is agreed at the outset when the astrologer is consulted to divine the answer.

Thus a Horary chart is independent of the birth chart. It is a standalone entity that is exclusively pertinent to the context of the question and the sincere intention of the seeker. The seeker is known as the Quesitor and the sought answer, signified by a planet and its house, is the Quesited. From an analysis of the condition of these significators, and where they are moving onto, we divine the future of the question. We can also look at the recent past from where the planet significators have been. It’s a dynamic process. As the planets move they speed up or slow down; they turn retrograde (an apparent backwards movement as viewed from our perspective); they station (appear to standstill); they form applying and separating aspects (relative distances that appear as angles in the 360 degree chart) to each other; move into and out of the signs of the zodiac; they become more or less potent; they become stronger or weaker in delivering their essence; they defer to the planet who rules the sign they are visiting; and they become invisible when too near the Sun. All these help us delineate the potential of a planet and in turn the objective potential of the person or thing they signify.

No matter what your personal philosophy regarding how Astrology works, Horary reveals in its accuracy and utility, the clear answer to what may be akin to prayer. Like the Tarot or Runes, Horary is divination. By sending your question out to a neutral party (read astrologer) you let go and await the objective answer. Mostly, your questions should be sincere and heartfelt. It is assumed that the answer is coming impartially through the astrologer from the divine, whatever your concept of that is. Thereby a clear question, asked from the heart, should elicit an accurately predicted outcome, but perhaps not the one you were hoping for! Conversely, not all questions need to be of the utmost importance or truly personal. You can ask about the fate of a character in, for example, a TV soap or the winner of a football match or a political election.

However, you should ask when you really want to know and not waste the time of “the gods.” A personal question may have been brewing in your mind or heart for some time but it is not until you let go of it that you allow the objective answer to land. So, the time and place of the question outed is the birth of the chart and the potentials that flow from it. In the tradition, it is the time and place of the receiving astrologer that determines the chart, not when you thought of it or where you are located. The jury is out as to the alternative importance of the when and where the question first came to your conscience. Some Horary astrologers draw their charts on this more subjective premise. Perhaps both times and places are relevant? Whatever the practice, it should be consistent. I believe that a question has a time and place that is meaningful and possible events flow from all moments. So as an astrologer I often receive questions that, by the nuances of today’s technologies (texts or emails or telephone answering services), result in a gap in time between the Querent’s asking and when I actually hear or read the question. It’s not a problem except for those needing an urgent answer as the delay may make a moot point of a predicted outcome if the real world event transpires before the chart answer can be delivered.

 Kris Svendsen 2020