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“A Step in the Right Direction is to Avoid Starting A Project During the Moon Void of Course”

My first teacher made very little fuss over the moon being in void-of-course, and said it was similar to Mercury going retrograde, where one should avoid starting a new project. At the time she emphasized that one needed to take time out, to contemplate and to rethink what was going on. One was required to become aware when the event would take place, and to pay heed to the effects it may have in one’s life. Little else was mentioned. I never gave it much thought, as my concerns turn to other areas of astrology that caught my attention and interest. Throughout my years of study I read about the fears one should have, but for some reason it never titillated my interest. Until recently, when I experienced my own thoughts on the matter, as the void of course was on going. It so happen as I was reading a discussion on a horary question on one of my egroups, my thoughts wander about what would happen if the moon was void of course in one’s natal chart? Would the promise that might be indicated by the delineation be the same as in a horary? That nothing will come of it?

As I searched the internet for information I came to the conclusion very little was actually written on the subject, and although there were many sources, most said the same thing. Nothing really extensive, but many sources were very concise to the possibilities and the headaches that could be in store for one. What little I came across for the delineation of the natal chart were quotes taken out of the works of Dorotheus, Firmicus, Al-Biruni, William Lilly and others. I have always found the translations of these great writers, very black and white, with very little grey areas for our modern world. Usually I find that I need to reread the text over and over, in order to feel I might begin to understand what is being said. Sometimes I find myself reading a modern text, and suddenly realized an old text I read months back, finally made sense. Realizing I have to spend more time and research on the effects of the void-of-course on the natal, before I can really work it in my delineations. I decided to renew and to review my knowledge and information of the effects it may have in our daily lives.

The Moon in my own chart is in Gemini, because of this, there are times I see the planet in an intellectual way, and at other times I feel it very emotionally. This is one reason, every month I write about the ways, the new and full moon affects each one of us. To me, the moon’s energy is the subtle background music in our lives that affect our feelings and our actions without us really being aware of it. As I feel the energies of the different moon phases with its subtle influences on our lives, I am beginning to see how the void-of-course energies in its own ways may be just as important. The moon makes a complete cycle through the twelve signs every 38.5 days and spends approximately 2.5 days in each sign. Void-of-course is the period of time between the last aspect of the Moon while it is transiting in a sign and the moment it begins to enter the next sign. There is a moon void-of-course every couple of days, but the length of the period of time varies widely according to the aspects. The length of time can last a few minutes or hours, or a day, or even more. I actually do compare this cycle, to the Mercury Retrograde period, only that it is more frequent, more subtle, and more enjoyable to experience and to learn from.

I think of the moon as reflecting the lights and energies of other planets especially of, the Sun. That isn’t to say that the Moon is not as important of a light or is not equal to the Sun. Where the Sun is concern with itself, the Moon is concern in nourishing and being the support to others. So when the Moon is not in aspect, it appears alone and is not doing what it can do best. It works with the other planets and brings the best out of them. Having no one to care for before it enters a new sign, its main purpose is with its own welfare at the moment, and this is new and confusing for the Moon. Insecurity and carelessness mark this period of time and the Moon seems to have lost its grounding in making major, important and tangible decisions. Setting aside the decisions, this is an excellent time for insights, relaxation, fun and exploring the world around oneself. For me, I took to rereading a very difficult spiritual book which suddenly became clearer, not that I understand it, but I was able to appreciate the content more.

In conclusion, it seems to me, a step in the right direction in dealing with the Moon void-of-course is to avoid starting any project. This is not to say we cannot revisit and review other projects that are already in the works. What it does mean is that we must take care of the information we have and to be aware that we may not have the full picture at hand. Any decision needs to be done with care and caution, especially at this time. Expecting that things may turn out differently than what we hoped for and dealing with it, is crucial if we are to succeed. However, with the right attitude, this period can be quite creative, exciting relaxing, restful, meditative and resourceful. This is mot the time to make a decision, but if one must, make it with thoughtfulness and vigilance. With as much wisdom one can muster up, is a help. Thinking consciously instead of carelessly is essential. We can get through the Moon Void-of-Course with flying colors by being intentionally aware of how its energies work and to work with it.

“Blast from the Past that has Last is Horary Astrology in Today’s World”

William Lilly

As an advocate that astrology should be considered a serious study with implications of it’s’ ability to forecast correctly, and that if any branch of the art that can provide evidence of the accuracy of it’s’ predictions, is exciting.  Being a member of several horary study groups, I can attest to some amazing predictions that have proven to be very correct, and incredibly enlightening in it’s’ perception of the circumstances and situations of the matter.  Horary astrology is an ancient branch of the art in which an astrologer attempts to answer a question by constructing a horoscope for the exact time at which the question was received and understood by the astrologer.  The system is an outstanding and a very exacting tool to get insights into situations and possibilities of a variety of subjects, objects and thoughts, because it deals with specific questions and replies with specific answers.  Exact birth data of the querent is not required to provide insights into dealing with problems and difficult situations.  In a horary chart, we the participants have a choice in the matter to choose whatever actions we wish to take, according to the potential successes or problems that are revealed by the chart.  The keyword is “forewarned is forearmed” because the information between success and failure in any endeavor is how we use it to achieve what we desire.   Major contributors to western horary astrology were William Lily, known in the English speaking world as the authority and father of Horary, along with John Dee, John Gadbury, Morin and a host of other writers whose works from around the ancient world were translated into English.  Many modern writers and scholars need to be included in this list in bringing this subject matter to the masses.  My endeavors to get this practice under my belt have caused me to search and read as much as I have time for, and as of late with my second study and reading of the following book, which I feel has help me a lot to understand how it works and functions.

To give you a little background of how I discovered this author, will allow you to understand how this person has affected my thinking, and have given me fuel to continue my studies with the translations of ancient writers of the art.  I find reading the earlier translations very difficult, but with some of the written material of today’s writers on the subject, I am able to bulldoze my way through some of the difficult text until I begin to absorb it.  I have a love for solar returns because I feel it can be very helpful in giving indications of the important areas in any new year that will be important to work on.  I ran across the author’s book on solar returns which included his interpretation of the aphorism of my favorite author, Morin.  His book was so well written to my way of thinking, and in discovering that he wrote a book on horary; I couldn’t wait to read it.  In reading this book, it definitely met my expectations and more.  The book is “Horary Astrology Plain & Simple by Anthony Louis”, and if you are interested in the subject matter, I wouldn’t walk to the book store, but run to it.  I would like to caution you, that after reading this book, one may think you are capable of giving readings, but I have learnt the hard way that only more studies on the subject, and the old saying “ practice makes perfect” is really true.

The important attributes of this book is how he organized and arranged, how he presents the materials, charts, tables, and information to the reader.  Although he is a modern thinking astrologer, he has included traditional astrological materials for the reader’s edification, to give a broader interpretation to the material presented.  I am not saying other books on the subject shouldn’t also be read, but I think one should start with this one first, where everything is laid out like Horary 101, and then the other authors will be clearer and better absorbed.  If we are to become the astrologers we hope to become, the foundation of Horary is very important in the delineation of any type of chart.  What horary techniques can give in our natal chart delineations would be a broader and more perceptive and caring interpretation of what is at hand.  Horary tells us to keep things simple, and in its simplicity, delineation can be extremely enlightening and awakening then one can realize.  To see life and its problems like little children, will give us a different viewpoint in which to solve our problems.  Horary astrology definitely is a blast from the past that will not only last, but will bring new vision and insight to everything we hold dear to our hearts.

“Is Saturn Retrograde an Absentee Father Figure Gone Astray?”

The other day at work I was relating to a fellow co-worker that in my traditional astrology yahoo group was having a discussion on William Lilly’s book “Christian Astrology”, that Saturn Retrograde in a natal chart usually means problems with the father or an authority figure.  Saturn Retrograde also means having trouble with too much or too little structure, too much or too little authority, too much or too little rules and regulations.  I noticed a glint in her eye, and I decided to look at her chart to see if there were any retrograde planets, especially Saturn.  Bingo, four planets were in retrograde and Saturn near the mid heaven, three degrees from the angle in opposition to her Sun by one degree.  As she was growing up, the opposition made the relationship with her father, difficult if not, down right hard to deal with.  Mercury Retrograde indicated that she trusted her instincts first, and then relied on her emotions and then how she thought about the situation through her intellect.  Mercury Retrograde also indicates an unusual relationship with her siblings.  I couldn’t wait to get back to work to see if my findings were confirmed.  It is always exciting to me to find rules in astrology that are no longer practiced in today’s world, but still is true in this day and age.

Saturn in opposition to her Sun would make her life difficult, and not having a father figure she could look up to and respect, would color her life forever.  Any one in this situation would be continuingly looking for a father substitute in love, friends and business relationships.  She would also be attracted to people older then herself as they represent authority and can give the approval that was missing from the home environment, as expressed with the opposition in the fourth house of the home.  This aspect not only makes her yearn for praise and approval, but also makes her give praise and approval.  It would also color her work situation; making her always doing her very best and helping others do their very best.  The need to be able to respect the decisions and actions from those above her to those below her in the work environment is also indicated by the aspects.  One of her main mantras expressed by Sun square Neptune and Chiron “You don’t need to know what you want or need, but you do need to know for certain, what you don’t want!”  Isn’t that the truth!

What I find interesting in this chart, is that if the retrogrades are experienced in childhood as good or difficult, they will color the whole chart and the whole life of the individual.  Depending how the individual copes with the difficulties and if he or she sees these problems as an impetus for growth, then the difficulties becomes stepping stones to their success.  Whether the aspects are exaggerated to the extremes are not, these planets tend to show all sides, and vice versa as the need becomes apparent.  Unlike the planets that are straight forward and do not diverge from their purpose and intention, the retrograde planet in the natal chart tends to become versatile and adapt to any situation.  Although a retrograde planet may be considered more malefic in a natal, as it has been handicapped by retrograding, I believe they are similar to the malefic aspects of squares and oppositions.  They are actually not as malefic, if you understand them and know how to use them to your advantage.  My mantra is “There is nothing that is benefic or malefic; it is what you do with them that will either harm you or benefit you”.  Finally I do think that Saturn Retrograde does mean an absentee Father figure gone astray, but how we use these retrogrades will depend how successful and happy we will be in life.

“Patrick Swayze – Sept 14th 2009 – Solar Return Eighth House”


As the news of Patrick Swayze’s death, star of one my most favorite movies “Ghost”, hit the airwaves, news agencies, and the internet, I could not help but wonder if his demise would have shown up in his solar return chart for this year?  Although I consider myself a modern astrologer, I am interested and am reading the ancient traditional astrology, especially Morin and William Lilly.  To me astrology also needs to predict possible outcomes, but that is not to say that our lives are predestined, since I feel we do have free will to choose our paths.  Jean – Baptiste Morin in his “Astrologia Gallica Book twenty – Three Revolutions” explains what houses can possibly show sickness and death.  I was amazed that by following Morin’s step by step method, it did show what I was looking for without too much digging.


The first step is to check the planets in the eighth house which contains only the north node which might possibly indicate severe illness, and the ruler of the eighth which is Saturn in the fourth house representing the end of life square mars on the angle in the twelfth house of sickness and hospitalization.  Mars being on the angle shows the importance of this planet for the year and in the house of illness square the unpredictable Uranus in the tenth sextile the Node completing the cycle.  This was right to the point and his Lunar Return Chart started the day before, pointed to the importance Mars would play in the unfolding drama during the month.  Morin always felt the Solar Returns gave an indication of the coming year, and that you needed to use Primary Directions, transits and other methods to determine the exact time period it would happen.  It continually amazes me how astrology continues to prove it self, amidst this modern world of technology.


In my astrological internet groups I have seen paragraphs devoted to transits, progressions, and antiscia to show his sickness and death, but none as simple to the point like Morin’s method.  I am not saying the other methods are not valid, but in this complex world I like to get to the answer in a simpler method and Morin’s system works for me.

  Patrick Swayze solar return

“Planet in the 8th House – More to it, then meets the Eye”


My credentials in the study of astrology comes from authors and writers of the early twentieth century and with Dr. Plummer of the S.R.I.A., just before the modern astrological revolution began with the new modern astrologers forging new areas of expertise.  Since I have Mercury conjunct Uranus in Gemini in the ninth house, my studies and interest in astrology can be very diverse and seem to have no connection.  Like most astrologers, my readings and studies into this ancient art never stops, from studying works of early western writers as early as the twelfth century, including William Lilly and Morin, and as diverse as looking into other systems as well.  So it was very interesting to me to read an article by Hank Friedman in the August/September 2009 issue in The Mountain Astrologer entitled “The Ruler of the Chart in Vedic Astrology’.  Luckily I had read “Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Astrologer by James Braha” which gave me a foundation to build on and to understand what I was reading.


In Western astrology, the ruler of the ascendant or first house is called the ruler of the chart, and in Vedic astrology the ascendant is called the Lagna and the ruler, Lagnesha.  As my ruler in the Vedic systems falls in the eighth house, I have extracted the following meaning from his article with my comments.  “The 8th house is often seen as the most challenging house in Vedic astrology, and the Lagnesha here can therefore indicate a life replete with many obstacles, traumas, and personal issues.  However, a person with the Lagnesha in the 8th house may also guide others through their life difficulties, in roles such as hospice worker, crisis counselor, bankruptcy attorney, or private investigator.  In addition, a strong Lagnesha in the 8th house denotes someone gifted in ancient traditions, e.g., an herbalist, astrologer, healer, acupuncturist, etc., as well as those who are in the sex industry or have sexual charisma.  The 8th house also represents chronic issues, such as long-term financial problems, lingering illnesses, compulsion like addictions and gambling, and sexual intrigues and scandals.”


I not only found this to be very interesting and that it could sum up what has been happening in my life, I was wondering if I put this same system to work in a western chart and come up with a delineation that would be predictive and make sense?  Applying this method to my own tropical chart the ruler would be Mercury in the ninth House.  The meaning of the ninth also made sense as my Sun, the essence of my chart was in the eighth house.  In traditional astrology like the Vedic system the sixth, eighth, and twelfth houses are considered malefic.  The reason the eighth house is considered malefic is the fact that it makes no aspect good or bad to the first house.  The following is an excerpt for the ninth “The Lagnesha in the 9th house can bring to the individual many opportunities, great teachers, uplifting experiences, good fortune, higher education, a powerful intuition, and a deepening understanding of life and spirit.  A well-placed Lagnesha here can indicate a person who is charitable, spiritual, ethical, virtuous, honored, supported and respected.”  Thank you Hank Friedman for your thoughts.  Depending on other factors and aspects of the natal chart, how much of the definition may apply to each individual will need to be analyzed.


As far as my own chart, I have always been asked, if I would like to be told of the hardships that might come up, and my answer is a thousand yeses.  The problem is without understanding what detours that are laid in our path; our ability to make the right decisions is hampered.  Also by going through these difficulties we not only learn what we want or don’t want, we also begin to anticipate the problems before they manifest.  Although the difficulties of life may have been many, would I want to change the course I had, and my answer would be no.  So instead of being afraid of what the malefic can bring into one’s life, be ready to learn and grow from them.  So for those reading this article, with their rulers being in the eighth or ninth house, be happy and make the best use of it, for it is a blessing in disguise.   

“William Lilly’s Horary Question-Destiny or Choice?”



Horary astrology is an ancient branch of the art, in which an astrologer attempts to answer a question by constructing a horoscope for the exact time at which the question was received and understood by the astrologer.  The answers to the horary question might be a simple yes or no, but it is generally more complex with insights into the motives of the querent (questioner), the motives of others involved in the issue, and the options available.  William Lilly is regarded as one of the principle authorities in horary astrology in his time and ours.  England’s most illustrious astrologer led a very colorful life in a politically unstable period of time (1602 to 1681).


In the June/July 2009 issue of “The Mountain Astrologer” magazine, is a fantastic and informative article on a horary chart by Deborah Houlding who currently runs the Skyscript Astrology Web site, entitled “Lilly’s Purchase of Master B’s Houses”.  She not only gives you some history of William Lilly and the time period, but leads you through the conclusions of her analysis of the planets and their aspects, etcetera.  Her analysis of Mr. Lily’s delineation of his own chart was one that had many obstacles, and that he overlooked the difficulties because of his desire to obtain the property since it brought many happy memories


The background of the story is about a gentleman, who was not able to finish his higher education due to the financial difficulties of his father and had to become a manservant.  He had many happy years with his employer and married the wife after his death.  And to make a long story short, his wife died also and left him with some money, which he could use to purchase the house he lived in with a couple of rentals, which would give him the means to live without working.  Unfortunately like the chart showed, the seller had the upper hand and was demanding a lot more money then the property was worth.  Although he would be able to borrow the money in time as the chart forecasted, the transaction did not leave him much money to live on.  I am sure that Deborah Harding would agree with me that most astrologers would predict caution and awareness, and the possibility of forgetting about the deal.


This chart proves to me the need to look at a natal chart when confronted with a difficult horary which could go either way.  The important thing about Mr. Lilly, does he have the talent and wisdom to bring a difficult situation to a happy ending?  We find the answer in his natal chart with many planets in the second house of money.


Although William Lilly chose to buy the houses, I believe that destiny played a part in redirecting him to a new career that would bring him fame and fortune.  At the time of the sale, he had only been studying astrology for two years, and about two years after the sale he realized he could make a living from it.  Later in 1647 he published “Christian Astrology” which brought him fame and fortune.


My thoughts are the following: 1.) Mr. Lilly may have had joyful memories of the place, but as a land owner, he would be well respected.  Therefore he would have achieved a status worthy of a gentleman of the period.  2.) Realizing he had no income he made an effort to learn what he enjoyed doing.  Difficulties are the mother of innovations in ones’ life.  We learn from hardship and pain and grow from that point in our lives..  Had he decided not to buy the property, history may have been written differently, as he may have been able to live on the inheritance and astrology may not have become that important in his life.  So in truth William Lilly not only chose his destiny, but allow destiny to choose and guide him.  I am wondering what you think about this matter, and if everything went smoothly in our lives, would we be were we are today?


To me this chart illustrates the need for astrologers to relate solar, lunar return and horary charts to the natal horoscope, and to realize that although we have free will, we are still fulfilling our destiny. 


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