A high school student writes, “I used to have a best friend. We basically grew up together. Then we had a big misunderstanding about a year ago. I really miss talking to her but I don’t know whether she likes me or not. I’m not sure if she wants to be my friend again. Should I try to talk to her? Would she be nice to me? What does she think/feel about me?”
13 April 2012, 11:13pm EDT, Arlington, MA USA. Regiomontanus houses. Click to enlarge the chart.
I don’t think it looks hopeful for this querent to reestablish the close relationship they had before, but there may be an opportunity to at least talk to her friend.
First , let’s identify the significators we need.
Sagittarius rises. This querent is represented by its ruler, Jupiter, in Taurus on the 6th house cusp. She is also represented by Moon in early Aquarius.
The question is about a friend. With Libra on the cusp of the 11th house of friends, its ruler Venus represents the friend. (Even though she is an ex-friend, I think that using the 11th house’s ruler to represent her is the correct way to go. Let me know in the comments if you think otherwise.)
Before anything else, I noticed that 9 Sagittarius is rising. That’s the current degree of the fixed star Antares, the heart of the scorpion. Antares is a royal star, but also a star representing endings. If the ascendant is like the cover of a book, seeing Antares there tells us right away that this is a story about something that is ending.
How does our querent feel about her friend? She still cares about her very much. Jupiter (Lord 1) is in Taurus, ruled by Venus (Lord 11); she loves her friend. The querent doesn’t have much ability to improve the situation, however; Jupiter is on the 6th house cusp, and the 6th is a cadent, “falling” house. Someone who is falling is not in control.
How does the friend feel about her? Venus is in Gemini, which is unfortunately a sign of Jupiter’s detriment. The friend isn’t merely indifferent; she actively dislikes our querent. In addition, Venus sits on the 7th house cusp of open enemies. This former friend is not likely to be receptive to the querent’s attempts to re-establish the friendship.
What’s more, Venus, Lord 11, is conjunct the fixed star Aldebaran. Just as Antares is about endings, Aldebaran, which opposes it in the zodiac, is about new beginnings. It looks like the friend has moved on to new things.
So, should our heroine try to talk to her friend? Possibly. Let’s look at the Moon, the querent’s other significator. In early Aquarius, the Moon applies to trine Venus with no intervening aspects. (As always, I do not include the outer planets or the quincunx aspect when looking at upcoming aspects, only the traditional seven planets and the Ptolemaic aspects.) This suggests that she’ll soon have an easy opportunity to talk to her friend – easy because it’s a trine.
The Moon is in Aquarius, which according to ibn Arabi is weak-voiced, but at least it is a human sign and not mute. This suggests that the querent will be able to articulate her feelings (Moon), but only partially (weak-voiced).
There is some common ground between Moon and Venus. With both planets in air signs, which in this night chart share Mercury as their triplicity ruler, they could discuss Mercury topics such as their classes or what they’re reading. This Mercury is in Pisces, so they might connect over Pisces types of Mercury topics, such as music or photography.
Finally, I see that Saturn is on the cusp of the 11th house. I think something is weighing the friend down. Saturn rules the friend’s 4th house of family and 5th house of fun, pastimes, and creativity. She may be going through some stuff at home that is dominating her thoughts.
What’s your take on this horary chart? Did I miss anything? Comment away!
Looking for some good free astrology reading? The Mountain Astrologer has published their June-July 2011 issue online for free. It includes a Chart Challenge horary question (page 17) and my answer (starting on page 116). Have a look and let me know what you think!
A student of horary asks, “I am still learning about dignities and wonder what are your thoughts on Jupiter moving to Taurus for a year for all the horary charts we will cast. I thought it would be good for art and romance but seems no? How can we positively use this placement?”
Good question. Can we say anything general about Jupiter in Taurus that will be true in all horary charts?
The answer is, sort of. In truth, no planet/sign pairing means the same thing in absolutely all charts. This is true for horary, for natal, and for every other branch of astrology.
What we can do is tally up what we know. So let’s look at what being in Taurus could mean for Jupiter.
In essence, Jupiter in Taurus is
fixed – so it tends to maintain the status quo, or indicate a chronic condition or a desire to explore all facets of whatever it’s experiencing
earthy – so it’s practical, material; in a lost object horary, it may indicate something on or near the ground
half-voiced – it isn’t mute, like the water signs, but it isn’t the most articulate sign either. If the question is “Will he apologize?” and his significator is Jupiter in Taurus, he may be capable of saying sorry, but you might have to drag it out of him. If the question is “can I become a public speaker?” and the querent were Jupiter in Taurus, I’d find that somewhat encouraging but not a sure shot at success.
peregrine, with the exception of a short span of degrees where Jupiter has a little dignity by term. While peregrine, it’s like a king traveling through a distant country where nobody knows him and he has no allies
ruled by Venus – so it wants whatever Venus signifies*
in the exaltation of Moon – so it adores and/or idealizes whatever Moon signifies
in the detriment of Mars – so it can’t stand whatever Mars signifies
In addition, you’ll want to consider Jupiter’s accidental placement, that is, what its circumstances are in this particular chart.
Accidentally, Jupiter in Taurus in your horary chart may be
fast or slow or stationing – which might be helpful in questions of how quickly something might get done, or whether someone will ever get over their inertia and take action
in an angular, succedent, or cadent house – angular planets are in the best position to act, followed by succedent planets; cadent planets are “falling” and have about as little control over their actions as that word implies
combust – burned up by being conjunct the Sun; typically a really unfortunate situation, unless the question’s successful outcome pivots on getting Jupiter and Sun together by conjunction
in aspect with another planet – which could be helpful or harmful depending on that planet’s condition and the nature of the aspect between them
on a relevant cusp – which may make it relevant to the question even if it is not a primary significator
besieged (trapped between two malefics) – so that whichever way it turns, it runs into trouble
in mutual reception with another planet – this may give a little help, although Jupiter being (for the most part) peregrine in Taurus, it may not have much help to offer nor be able to receive help
Jupiter in Taurus will not, in most charts, be the sole piece of information guiding you to your answer. And this isn’t a comprehensive list of essential and accidental dignities. But these notes may help you think about Jupiter in Taurus – or any other planet – in the context of the question you’re answering.
* Regarding reception, I understand that there are different schools of thought, and that my teacher’s approach is at odds with everyone else’s. To this I would say, try it in your own charts and see if it is true.
A reader gave me permission to post her horary question and my response here. She asks, “My husband and I have struggled financially for so long and I was wondering if our financial circumstances would be improving in the near future. We count our blessings every day, but the stress over finances does take a toll.” Follow along as I look at this horary chart.
22 May 2011, 7:50 pm EDT, Arlington, MA USA
Where do we start?
Let’s start with the 2nd house and its ruler. The 1st house and its ruler, Mars*, represent “us,” the querent and her husband; “our money” is 2nd house and its ruler. We haven’t been asked to consider “her money” vs. “his money;” we’re looking at the couple as one entity, and thus at one set of finances.
What sign is on the 2nd house cusp, and what planet rules it?
Sagittarius is on the cusp. It is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter signifies their finances.
How is Jupiter in this chart?
Not good. In late Aries in a day chart, Jupiter is peregrine. That is, it has no essential dignities nor debilities. Their finances are adrift, so to speak, with no essential strength nor guidance.
That said, Jupiter also trines the 2nd house cusp. Jupiter in its natural role as Greater Benefic does support the 2nd house to some extent, even though it is itself in mediocre condition.
So finances are mediocre now. Will they improve in the near future?
To answer this, we look at Jupiter to see if its status is changing soon. The news here isn’t good. Jupiter is about to leave Aries, where it is peregrine, and enter Taurus, where it is still peregrine. As far as essential dignity is concerned, it is trading one mediocre situation for another. No improvement here.
What about aspects to Jupiter? Jupiter appears to be unaspected, but in fact, Moon applies to sextile it with no intervening aspect prohibiting the sextile. This is encouraging. The Moon is a co-significator of the querents, so this upcoming aspect connects these querents (Moon) to money (Jupiter). However, the aspect is more than 16 degrees from perfecting – that’s more than half a sign the Moon has to transit. When the Moon has so far to go between aspects in one sign, it’s a little bit like a void of course Moon; the situation remains unchanged for a good long time. In The Horary Textbook, John Frawley says that “this often shows a period of stagnation before the querent finds the will to act.”
I wouldn’t make too much of this distant, applying Moon/Jupiter aspect – Jupiter is in mediocre shape, as I said – but maybe what little is coming will ease the stress.
Are there any other rays of hope in this chart?
Yes: the North Node is pretty close to the 2nd house cusp, and this gives some hope. The North Node tends to increase what it touches (just as the South Node tends to diminish what it touches). Finding the North Node here is an indication of eventual gain.
In conclusion, I’d tell this querent that things may get ever so slightly better in the future, but it’s a long time coming, and the improvement shouldn’t be overstated.
* I’m using the traditional sign rulers, not the modern ones. Mars (not Pluto) rules Scorpio; Saturn rules Aquarius, and Jupiter rules Pisces.
The querent is worried about layoff rumors at work. He asked, “Will I lose my job in the next few months?”
Following John Frawley’s instructions in The Horary Textbook, I’m looking for signs of stability (he keeps the job) or change (he loses it).
19 May 2011, 8:42pm EDT, Arlington, MA USA
First, what signs are the angles in? All mutable signs. Fixed signs on the angles would have given some desired stability; mutable signs can be about vacillation, repetition, or the breakdown of what’s come before. So that’s one indication of impending change.
What are his significators doing? With Sagittarius rising in this horary chart, his significator is Jupiter at 26+ degrees of Aries. In this night chart, Jupiter is in essentially decent condition; it is in its triplicity. But it’s less than four degrees away from changing sign, and this Jupiter is swift in motion. In Taurus, Jupiter will lose all its essential dignity – it loses status and power. My question is, is Jupiter close enough to the sign change for me to confirm that he’s on the brink of losing the job? Or, with 3+ degrees to go, is he still safe?
Does his other significator, the Moon, tell us anything? Just 2+ degrees into Capricorn, the Moon’s detriment, it reflects his current stressful emotions and expectation of loss. Moon’s next aspect, though, is a trine to Venus in Taurus, in its own rulership and the Moon’s exaltation. What could this indicate? As Venus rules the 11th house, this could be a friend who helps him; in the context of this question, I think it could also be the next job to come along. With late Virgo on the 10th cusp representing the current job he fears losing, the next sign around, Libra, ruled by Venus, could represent the next job. It’s not a pure and unsullied Venus – it’s conjunct peregrine Mercury and detrimental Mars – but he could glide into a new job that’s eager to have him (Venus exalts Moon). I say “glide” because the trine aspect indicates things that happen easily.
There is no upcoming aspect between Jupiter (Lord 1, the querent) and Mercury (Lord 10, the job) to add more information to this story, but as Frawley says, we don’t need an aspect in questions like this to show that the querent keeps or loses the job.
Finally, Antares, the star of ending cycles, is pretty close to the Ascendant in this chart, another indicator of the current situation coming to an end. This Ascendant is 7 Sagittarius 20; Antares is at about 9 Sagittarius 55, per Solar Fire. In horary, we keep orbs for conjunctions to fixed stars to just a degree or two; this 2.5-degree orb is a bit wide but I’d keep it on my page of notes.
To summarize: mutable angles suggest change; Lord 1 is nearing a change of sign that will lead to loss of essential dignity; Moon is stressed out but applying to something pretty good; Antares rises. Lord 1 and Moon are both in cardinal signs, which tend to indicate things happening quickly; and both Lord 1 and Moon happen to be swift in motion in this chart. I think change is indeed imminent in the next few months, as asked, possibly sooner.
This is a funny lost object horary because I did actually get some of my property back almost immediately, and then the rest turned up more than a week later.
I bought six sets of earbuds on sale before Christmas. It was a very good sale, and I thought I might use them for stocking stuffers (i.e. small gifts). (That didn’t happen. I kept them.)
I gave one set to my husband, attached a second set to my iPod, and took a third set to the office. The other three sets, still in their packaging, were in a box on a bookshelf in our guest room.
When I broke one set, I started looking for the other three. But they weren’t on the bookshelf any more. What the heck did I do with them?
This bothered me for a month until, exasperated, I asked the horary question.
Where are the earbuds?
Here’s the chart: 27 April 2011, 8:11pm EDT, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA. Scorpio rises, so I am Mars in Aries, and Moon in Pisces is my co-ruler. Sagittarius is on the 2nd house cusp, so its ruler, Jupiter, represents the earbuds.
First things first: will I recover my property? This chart says yes. My ruler, Mars, applies directly to the conjunction with Jupiter, the earbuds. Plus, Jupiter in Aries is ruled by Mars, so the earbuds like me and want to be with me. Good news.
What’s more, with just a couple of degrees to perfection, and with Mars in a cardinal sign in a cadent house (I consider this Mars to be in the 6th), I figured I’d find the earbuds nearly immediately. In fact, that sort of happened. My husband came home from work as I was casting this chart; I told him about the missing earbuds, and he promptly found the set I’d given him and returned it to me. So at least I had another working set to replace the one I broke.
But where were the other sets hiding? This is where I went astray. Jupiter, representing my property, is right on the cusp of the 6th house. If the 6th usually represents servants, the 6th house in your home represents those spaces where things that serve you are stored: that is, a utility room or closet. We have a closet where our heating & air conditioning systems operate, and there’s room to store things as well. What’s more, Jupiter is in fiery Aries, and fire signs in lost object charts often represent places that are hot or near heating systems. I was convinced that I was looking in the right place. So I turned that space upside-down looking for my earbuds in vain.
As days passed, I expanded my definition of 6th house closets to include every other closet in the house. But they weren’t in the front closet, the guest room closet, the computer room closet, or the bedroom closet. Finally, more than a week after casting the horary, I happened to try a space I thought was unlikely, a crawlspace closet under the roof which gets pretty hot, as it’s not insulated, and that I rarely use to store things. And what do you know, there were the earbuds, sitting in a box of other items I had carried out of the guest room when we had a house guest in January.
Deb Houlding says that in a lost object horary chart, the ruler of the 2nd house signifies the lost object itself; the ruler of the 4th house signifies its hiding place. Does Saturn, ruling the 4th house sign Aquarius, have anything to tell us about where I should have looked? In retrospect, it does. Saturn is in the southeast quadrant of the chart; the closet where the earbuds were found is off a room at the southeast of our house. Saturn is in airy Libra, and air rises; the room is on the top floor of our house. “Go upstairs and southeast” should have been my first instruction.
But of course this stuff is easy in retrospect.
I was honored when The Mountain Astrologer magazine asked me to participate in a new Chart Challenge about some mysteriously missing money. You’ll see the question and my response in the June/July 2011 issue, mailing to subscribers this week.
The Chart Challenge is part of TMA’s student section. They’ve reproduced my horary chart for the question and hidden my answer in the back of the magazine. So test your horary skills before you flip to the back.
If you see the article, I’d love to know what you think and if you see anything I may have overlooked. Thanks!