Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – Will My Friend Live or Die?

May 22, 2007 by  

Self Portrait with Death

Horary Question:

An acquaintance of mine had a brain aneurysm. He had brain surgery in early May, but is still in a coma. If he lives, to what extent will he recover? Will he live or die?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear G.,

Thanks for your question – I had a moment of indecision about how to analyze this horary, since I wasn’t sure whether the person in question was a friend or acquaintance. If the former, we would take a look at the 11th house of friends; if your relationship is not that close, we’d give him the 7th house of “other people.” I plumped for the latter, since we are usually not that ambivalent about someone’s status if they are really a friend. The horary chart for your question is below:

Horary Question - Will My Friend Live or Die?

First, we see that Jupiter, ruler of the 7th house, is in its own sign. This is generally a good sign, except for medical horaries, because Jupiter is a hot and moist planet, but Sagittarius is a hot and dry sign. As a result, the nature of the sign is inimical to the well-being of the planet this is caused by the overabundance of heat (in terms of the old Greek/Arabic medical model). So we see that the person is actually sick, and the significator of the disease is the same as the significator of the person. Turning to Saunders, he says that:

Jupiter in the last 18° in Sagittarius is hot in the extremity of the fourth degree, and dry in the beginning of the fourth degree, causing diseases of red choler mixed with blood, that are without remedy… diseases of exceeding heat and drouth [dryness], consuming the radical moisture and humidity of the body.

The situation is indeed serious. Whenever we have a planet in the fourth degree, the disease has the potential to be deadly – the situation is in extremis. An aneurysm, an abnormal enlargement of blood vessels inside the brain, with the potential to burst and bleed into the brain, is a classic hot and dry disease, one afflicting the blood.

So we know the person is in dire straits. Jupiter is retrograde, and will go direct at 9° Sagittarius, in August. If Jupiter was direct in the chart and about to go retrograde, then the prognosis would not be very favorable. I do not think that the man will die, though it may be a while before he starts recovering, as it will be a while before Jupiter goes direct. Jupiter is not applying to aspect with Mars, ruler of the radical eighth house, nor Venus, ruler of the turned eighth house. We also do not see an applying problematic aspect to Jupiter. Interestingly, Jupiter had previously trined a very nasty Saturn in detriment in the 12th house, but the aspect is separating, so the person is getting away from danger.

You also asked to what extent will he recover. I think he will be functional, again indicated by Jupiter’s forward movement. But Jupiter will stay for a long time in Sagittarius, which is not hospitable for a hot and moist planet, so this makes me think that he will not get back to his previous level of functioning.

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Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – Will I Ever Find Her Again?

October 26, 2006 by  

Free Horary Astrology Advice - Will I Find Her Again?


I met a wonderful girl in 2002, and we became good friends, but I had very strong feelings for her (I am female). We had a good connection and, well, I must admit I fell in love with her. She moved away in late 2004/early 2005. I want to know if I will find this person again? Or should I just move on? I think about her a lot, because she is a sweet person and someone I wanted to get to know more, but she moved and I wrote to her but she never anwered my letter. I guess I just want to know if I should just let go of what never became.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear E.,

Personally, I can’t think of a single person who has not been rejected, and therefore knows how painful it is. You would think people would stop doing that to other people once they have experienced rejection themselves. From my experience as an astrologer, I think it is most cruel when people do not openly tell others how they feel. This causes the other person to waste their life pining for something that can never be., but they can never be certain, and as is the wont of all infatuated persons, they spin fantasies in their head and torment themselves even more. It sounds as though in your case, this girl probably had a pretty good idea of your feelings, just because it is very difficult not to betray oneself if your feelings are that strong. Therefore, it sounds to me doubly cruel not to let you know how she feels either way.

As I always do in this column, I analyzed your question using horary astrology, which is a technique that allows us to cast a horoscope for the time of your question, and then read the answer in that chart. The horoscope for your horary question is below:

Free Horary Astrology Advice - Will I Find Her Again?

You are shown by Mars, ruler of the first house of the self. Mars isn’t looking too good in this chart, because it is in the sign of its detriment, Libra. However, things are not all that bad, because Mars is in the sixth house which is the house of its joy. So we can see that while you are not doing terribly well, you are still in your comfort zone on some level. Why is Mars looking so bad? Because it is in Libra, the sign ruled by Venus. Venus rules your seventh house of partners, so we can take it to mean the girl about whom you’re asking. In other words, she is making you rather miserable. If we look at what is going on with Venus, we see that the woman herself is not in the best of conditions. Venus is in Virgo where it is in its fall, so we can see that she is not happy, either. However, at 19 Virgo, Venus has little if any interest in Mars. So is she in love with you, or even think about you very much? Probably not.

Mars is about to oppose the antiscion of Venus at 10 Aries. Antiscia are considered “shadows” of the planets, and we can take them to mean the same thing as the planets themselves. However, because they are only the shadows of the planets, and not the planets themselves, they carry the meaning of the hidden. An opposition means coming together only to break apart, or coming together with regret. So yes, you may well find this girl and communicate with her (or even meet again), but it will not be a lasting relationship. She may finally come out and tell you her heart is elsewhere. The fact that we are dealing with antiscia shows that this may all happen on the sly in some fashion, perhaps even in your dreams, if you are gifted for that sort of thing. It is also possible that her silence will serve as a final rejection for you in the very near future, but I think the odds are good that you will find this out from her personally.

We also see a similar theme when we look at what is going on with the Moon, the other planet, apart from Mars, signifying you. The Moon is about to conjoin the South node and then the Sun. This is a representation of the eclipse imminent at the time of your question. An eclipse in a horary chart is almost always unfortunate, because it represents an aberration of nature and the loss of life-giving light. This again shows us that you are going to experience some disappointment, but hopefully it will enable you to reestablish your own equilibrium shortly afterwards and direct your feelings toward a more appropriate recipient.

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