Horary Astrology is an accurate method for evaluating concepts related to the natural world

Published in: Astrological Observer no. 6, March 1987

Italian version

The selection of the appropriate moment for creating an astrological chart in horary astrology is based on the emergence of an idea in the individual’s conscious mind, which is focused on a project aimed towards an ambiguous and directionless future.

Individuals are viewed as focal points capable of modulating the perception of the external world received through their senses. Ordinary consciousness provides tangible guidelines for navigating daily life and setting expectations based on current circumstances. However, there are situations where consciousness, constrained by a psychological limit, cannot predict the outcomes of a particular course of action. In such cases, the astrological model, an example of cosmic ordering on a cyclic basis, succeeds in aligning a reality that observers perceive but often fail to interpret regarding its potential for future development.

In natal astrology, birth is viewed through a mythical lens, that is, a projection of human intimacy reflected in the cosmic order. By decoding the birth chart, one can determine the individual’s potential for development, as their transitory nature limits them in adapting to the unique cosmic model of reference. It should be noted that this model applies to everyone, but the perspectives of observation vary among individuals, which nevertheless are all reflected in the same cosmic order. Therefore, any natal method represents a gravitational contraction process towards the single point of universal self-awareness: the human being. In essence, individuals are the embodiment of their birth chart.

Within the realm of horary astrology, we approach a cosmic flow with unlimited expressive possibilities, this time navigating through a vast, all-encompassing process of expansion.

Visualise a spiral that reflects the gradual contraction of the creative principle of the universe that is manifested in the individual, also known as yin. This contraction marks the beginning of a new cycle that follows an opposite expansion process known as yang, representing the mind as a conceptual equivalent to human identification.

The mind’s conventional nature is perceived as knowledge, which entails being aware of objects of perception. Essentially, the mind is a non-substantial entity influenced by the objects and experiences it encounters. The idea represents a vision of the potential of the personality to perceive things. The expanding spiral, which reflects the universe through human eyes, is merely a mirror image of the contracting spiral, much like the mind.

Marc Edmund Jones stands out among horary astrology proponents for his comprehensive and analytical approach to the subject matter. His extensive research on the implications of this art is grounded in a thorough review – dating back to the early 1900s – of William Lilly’s ideas and aphorisms [1].

The horary methodology trend prioritises an optional question configuration, typically phrased as “What will be the result of…?”. The method doesn’t involve predicting an action’s outcome but rather emphasises a generalised overview of the action’s future direction if it is taken. This approach is valid when the focus shifts from the ideal to the potential plane, providing a momentary exit from the existential situation’s deadlock to evaluate one’s adherence to the event. Re-entering the situation is an option if there is a general agreement between the individual’s potential destiny and the event itself.

The pivotal moment is when an idea and the client’s conscience interact. At this point, the client seeks an astrologer’s guidance. The astrologer draws up an astrological chart when the question is asked [2], evaluating how closely the idea adheres to its potential for realisation. The method is the essence of simplicity; if the planet lord of the House that governs the question and the planetary ruler of the opposite House form a positive Ptolemaic aspect (conjunction, sextile and trine), the answer is affirmative. Negative aspects (square and opposition) invalidate expectations. If a minor aspect is formed (semi-sextile or quincunx), a progressive regression to natal interpretative methods takes place, including analysing planet characteristics, aspects, and more.

The intricacies of horary astrology are not always straightforward, as there are numerous interpretative and methodological details to consider. However, at its core, horary astrology relies on the relationship between planets in opposite houses. This relationship is determined by a geocentric planetary reality, which assigns a symbolic order to a specific moment in time as determined by hourly domification. This framework presupposes an equatorial reference point for judgment rather than relying on ecliptic motion. It is a link between different orders of magnitude, in which the faster movement of the Earth’s rotation is analogous to the specificity of the relevant moment, whether or not it adheres to the solar system’s ordering model. By considering the House opposite the one that governs the horary issue, one can gain insight into potential courses of action. The symbolism of opposition is, in fact, particularly useful in representing the culmination of expectations and hopes.

The act of requesting clarification presents an opportunity for self-reflection and acknowledgement of an individual’s peak experience. Dismissing horary astrology’s efficacy in meeting the objectives of natal analysis fails to address the complete truth. Horary astrology emphasises the imaginative faculties of the mind, exploring the infinite potentialities of its transparent, universal, and absolute nature. Psychologically, horary astrology represents the unconscious, while natal astrology represents consciousness. It offers access to a pre-individual and universal potential, awaiting organisation and meaning through our awareness.

[1] William Lilly, born in 1602 and passed away in 1681, was a well-known astrologer in London. He became famous for his accurate prediction of the Great Fire of London that occurred in 1666.

[2] We can delay writing the horoscope until the astrologer decides to interpret it, as the astrologer acts on behalf of the client and takes responsibility for any related issues.


  • Marc Edmund Jones –Horary Astrology – Santa Fe 1993
  • William Lilly – Christian Astrology – London 1927