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.
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.