|There is a branch of Astrology that has
been around for thousands of years though most people, even a lot
of astrologers, will admit they don't know much about it. Imagine
a type of chart that can answer almost any question you might want to
pose. This chart can paint a picture of your question, in which the planets
"play" the parts of people, and their positions and aspects
represent the dynamics going on among them. This is called a Horary Chart
and this branch is called Horary Astrology.
Over most of time, people didn't possess their own personal
birth-charts. The "common" person wouldn't know what
time they were born; which is what astrologers use for an accurate nativity.
Few people received the individual attention of an astrologer unless
they were well born or ruling a country.
Very early on, a method was developed using astrology to answer
a question that didn't require a birth time. Instead of consulting
the chart for the time a person was born; the astrologer would look
at a chart for the exact time and place the question was asked, in effect
creating a "birth-chart" for the question itself. This is
why Horary is known as a "time-driven" art. When you have
a single, focused question welling up inside you to the point that it
drives all other thoughts out of your mind, this becomes the ideal time
to use Horary Astrology to ask this question.
There is an all-encompassing theory that runs through every type
of divination. It is the sense that at the time a question is asked,
the answer will become apparent; or that the answer is always "in"
the question. The study of the changing nature of time is what astrology
is all about. There is no better tool than astrology to capture and
analyze a particular moment and in this case it is the moment
your question appears (is birthed) into the real world.
The question itself is one of the most important aspects of this
art. Again, this question should be asked when it is overwhelming you.
A basic tenet of Horary is that the chart will answer the question exactly
as asked so the Astrologer will usually write down your question
as it comes out of your mouth, and then make a note of the exact time.
This formalizes the process and makes it now possible to know what information
the chart will give you. Yet, within the confines of this question,
a surprising amount of information can be gleaned. Horary reflects life.
A Horary chart can be as complex and convoluted as some life situations;
or it can be simple and straightforward in giving a resounding "Yes"
or "No." It all depends on the question, and the complexity
that surrounds it.
You have probably been wondering what kind of questions we're
talking about. Horary Astrology covers almost any kind of question as
long as it is out there in the "real world." Questions specifying
an action are some of the best. For example, an appropriate question
would be, "What will happen if I _________?", here you can
fill in any action like: marry, or start this business, or move to Phoenix,
or buy this car or house, or whatever action is topmost in your mind
at the moment. The chart will then show the consequences of this action;
which could be very positive or very negative, or mixed, as real life
One of the advantages of using Horary is that if the answering
chart shows disastrous results, horrible problems and separating forces,
you can always opt out of doing the action you asked the question about!
If you DON'T do what you have inquired about doing the chart
becomes null and void and this possible disaster can be averted.
Other types of questions may also be asked. The breadth of Astrology
covers all aspects of life, so Horary can answer questions about almost
any concern. It has rules to handle questions about business and money,
travel, your career, your friends and enemies, children, school, lawsuits,
lost objects and people, etc. (the list goes on and on.). A situation
question (What are his intentions concerning me? or How will it work
out if I live with these roommates?) also works real well as a Horary
Horary Astrology has developed rather stringent and complicated
rules in order to judge a question. It utilizes many ancient astrological
techniques that reflect a complex and orderly system. Most people understand
that this is the "yes" and "no" branch of astrology;
yet it is not so well known that the answers can be modified with a
lot more information about your question than just a simple yes or no.
Horary has the ability to paint a picture of the situation as it
stands at the time the question is asked. It has been likened to a snapshot.
But it's also a snapshot moving in time. As aspects reach completion
and the planets move on to contact other heavenly bodies, the script
of your question is written. The Moon, being the swiftest in the sky,
is said to pick up and carry messages to the other planets, thus reflecting
real actions as they unfold. Because these bodies are constantly moving,
Horary Astrology is able to track this motion and use it to predict
Horary is said to be able to "see" about three months
into the future (and about the same back into the past). In a normal
question it is said that events become nebulous beyond about three months,
as there are always many factors at play in any situation and things
can radically change course (just like real life). An alternative approach
is that a questioner can put a time limit (like 6 months, or until the
end of the year, etc.) into the question and the question will then
reflect this time frame. Otherwise, if you receive a negative answer
and you really want to do what you've asked about, what is needed
is to go back and rethink your question and change some crucial factor
(a new compromise with a future wife, a new split with a partner, or
some other change). Then the question may be asked again. Otherwise
it is prudent to wait at least three months before asking the same question
over again. As with any divination, too many repeated questions (fishing
for the answer we want) only confuses your answer into incomprehensibility.
Having done Horary for many years now, I have discovered that this
art is completely driven by the questioner. The Horary Astrologer can
in no way dictate the timing of a question, because this timing is the
most crucial factor. Nor should a Horary Astrologer put words into your
mouth when you are asking a question. They can delicately help you frame
the question to get the best out of the art, but they must not change
your meaning in any way. When you have a question that is driving you
crazy, and you've identified this question as the lynchpin of your
problems (i.e. the most important question, the question that all of
your other decisions are depending on), THIS is the time this question
should be asked.
Your answer can be a clean, simple "Yes" or "No,"
but beyond that Horary can give you the other crucial information necessary
to understanding your position and potentialities. It can tell you the
best way to act in a situation; and whether the object of your inquiry
will come to you or whether you need to make the first move. Horary
can describe other people that are important in the situation and whether
they will help or hurt you. It can give you a short-term answer to your
question, and also reveal how, in the end, the whole thing is going
to turn out. It is an amazing tool, which can be very helpful in sorting
out a situation that has become "stuck" and needs to get moving
In our modern world, which feels so far away at times from the
simple cycles of the seasons and the natural rhythms of life, it is
comforting to know that a system of divination arising from these times
has been preserved for us, for our use today. Our Western traditions
are rich with ancient wisdom that is ours for the using! Horary Astrology
is, indeed, a wonderful gift.
Marilyn Neuner is a practicing Horary Astrologer with clients
all over the United States and Canada. She has been practicing professionally
for over 10 years and has a 25-year background in astrological studies.
Marilyn is currently serving on the Steering Committee of AFAN (Association
for Astrological Networking) and is starting up a new Horary SIG
(Special Interest Group) for NCGR (the National Council for Geocosmic
Research). She has conducted classes and seminars on Horary and
other astrological subjects at CrossRoads Astrology Center, 1017
SW Morrison, Suite 512 in Portland OR, and in other cities around
the country. Call her at (503) 771-6361 for her free newsletter
and class schedule.