The Interviewee Interviewed

July 3, 2012 by  

The Astrology News Service has published an interview with me regarding my methods of politico-astrological analysis, thoughts on the role of astrology in the corporate and legal worlds, as well as a little about my background.  Happy reading!

Interview with Astrologer Deborah Houlding (Part 1 of 3)

July 7, 2008 by  

Interview with Astrologer Deb Houlding

English astrologer Deborah Houlding will be presenting astrology classes in San Francisco this September. Deb is a well-known traditional astrologer (though she may eschew that label, as she explains in the interview), and her San Francisco classes teach astrology with hair on it.  She calls it “forensic astrology,” as the methods reveal specific details about past events or specific persons.  Deb is also the founder of the astrology website, Skyscript.

I talked to Deb last week about her upcoming workshop and her thoughts on astrology.

Nina Gryphon: You will be doing a workshop in the San Francisco Bay area in September 2008, focusing on ‘forensic horary’. What do you mean by ‘forensic horary’?

Deb Houlding: The workshop called ‘forensic horary’ concentrates on how we deal with what I call ‘the mystery charts’ – lost items, missing pets, thefts, abductions, and those situations where we have no idea what happened or who might have been involved. A lot of the emphasis is on how to discover the identity or appearance of someone essential to the question. My goal for the workshop is to help astrologers feel more confident about their approach to these charts, and to show them how to get a very good description about something or someone that is known, and then to successfully project that technique onto the unknown. The goal is to get astrologers looking forward to those charts instead of dreading them! It is a workshop with broad appeal because it is about clarifying some of the basics of horary astrology, whilst discussing methods that are de-emphasized in modern discussions of traditional techniques.

NG: Why did you decide to teach a workshop specifically about this aspect of horary astrology?

DH: On the surface, the notion of “forensic” horary is partly about having a dramatic, and intriguing title to the workshop, but ultimately, it conveys the principle of needing to break down, analyse and fully investigate the depth of meaning that is built into the planetary significators. Mostly, horary astrologers barely scratch the surface of the information they could get from the planetary significators, and this workshop shows that the key to discovering the meaning of these charts lies in understanding the symbolism as it relates to something that has already happened. I am always keen to stress that planetary signification is meaningful, that the selection of the planets used is never random, so getting every drop of reliable descriptive information that we can get from the main significators is essential. We see Lilly doing this in so many of his judgments; even though it was not necessary to the querent’s question. He will often tag a few comments about physical descriptions to the end of his judgements, as if he was constantly monitoring his notes and updating his knowledge. He sometimes goes into great detail, describing the persons involved, even though the physical description might not seem relevant to the querent’s concern.

Even though the physical or psychological description is not what the querent specifically asked about, it is still part of the question. The premise behind this is that everything in a horoscope is significant. So if Mars symbolizes the querent in a horary question, the person will be Martial in some way, in their psychological involvement, or in their appearance somehow.

Astrologer Deborah Houlding

NG: Can you talk about your approach to astrology? Whose methods do you use? William Lilly’s or someone else’s?

DH: William Lilly is the greatest influence on my astrology. I am constantly going through his books, and I am still finding things that I thought I understood, realizing that what I once thought is not what he had meant at all! Now, with Ben Dykes’s Bonatti translation in English, I’ve found it especially valuable to go through Bonatti and find passages that Lilly translated; and of course Bonatti himself was translating the passages out of yet older authors, such as Masha’allah, Haly or Sahl, even back to Dorotheus. So there is a long line of tradition behind many of the passages published in Lilly’s Christian Astrology, and scrutinizing this tradition is – I think – very helpful in terms of constantly re-evaluating my own understanding of traditional astrology and the symbolism of horary. But I do not exactly think of myself as a traditional astrologer, because all of us living here today are essentially modern people. I see myself as someone in the continuing tradition of astrology, but ultimately, none of us can get away from being a product of our times.

[Continue to Part 2 of the interview with Deborah Houlding.]

Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – Should I Go for the Interview?

June 8, 2007 by  

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Horary Question:

I currently live in Michigan. My husband has been laid off, on and off for the last year and a half. I’ve tried finding jobs here, but nothing over minimum wage. We have had to move into my in-laws’ home, and due to many reasons, desperately want out. I’m currently attaining a bachelor degree for Paralegal Studies, I will be done in 11 months.

We heard about the big boom in Wyoming and I applied for some jobs. I received a call to go there for an interview. It is for the state of Wyoming and my dream is to work for the government at a state or federal level. The problem is that it would really strap us financially for me to go on a maybe. At this moment in time my husband has a great job making great money, but it may only last until this one job is done. He may find another company, or he may not. In Wyoming, he cannot make what he can normally make here, but if hired there, it would be a permanent job, not just for a specific job.

I would also have great benefits. I’m afraid to move, we have children ages 11 and 5, and moving means moving them from friends and family. I’m torn, this is the job of my dreams, we may be ok here, but maybe not. I don’t know if I should go or not, and if I go, what if I get the job, and my husband does not get paid what he would here in a normal economy?

Should I go for the job interview and if I get it, move to a state 1300 miles away?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear J.,

Thanks for writing to me. I cast a horary chart for the moment I understood your question. The horoscope for the horary is below:

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You are represented by the ruler of the first house of self, Venus. The job is shown by the ruler of the 10th house of work, the Moon. Venus is peregrine in 1 Leo, which means it does not have any essential dignity (or debility) in that part of the zodiac. So you are moderately qualified for the job; not totally amazing, but you would do fine, given the opportunity. The interesting thing is that Venus is in Leo, where it is not at all interested in the Moon (the job). Venus was recently in Cancer, where it was very interested in the job, but that has passed as Venus changed signs. I suspect that as the reality of moving to Wyoming, and the implications for your family, had hit, you became somewhat less excited about this job.

However, Leo does rule the job’s wages, so your main interest at present is in the pay. Unfortunately, the pay is not that great; at least, I don’t think it would meet your needs. The Sun, ruling the wages, is peregrine and cadent, so it would not really be enough.

So, despite all of this, will you get the job? I would say that you will not, as there is no aspect between the Moon and Venus. The Moon is in the exaltation of Venus, which means they are very interested in you (though they may think you are more qualified than you really are). But the Moon is also in the triplicity of Mars (ruling the 7th house of your competitors), so the job likes the others quite a bit as well. Also, the competition for the job is quite stiff – Mars is in its own sign of Aries, and is strengthened by being angular. The other applicants are very qualified and are in a good position to make that known to the employer.

So, in sum, I don’t think it’s worth it to go for the interview.

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Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – Should I Look for a New Job?

June 1, 2007 by  

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Horary Question:

Reorganisation at my job has left some junior managers redundant. They want to hire a new outside manager for our team. Our manager was offered her job back but decided to leave. I feel that the people who spoke up for us are going and they want new people who will want us to work unsocial hours. Should I look for a new job?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear M.,

Thank you for writing to me. I cast the horoscope for the moment that I understood your question, which is a method known as horary astrology. The horary chart for your question is below:

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Since your question is about work, we have to look at the 10th house of the profession. The degree on the 10th house cusp is 29° of Aquarius, indicating an imminent change in your work situation. So your current job will come to an end not too long from now, and it will be symbolized by Saturn, ruler of the late degree on the 10th house. The following job is represented by Jupiter in Sagittarius. So how is your current job? Saturn is in its detriment in Leo in the cadent third house, so it is bad. Very bad.

The new job looks considerably better. It is represented by the Great Benefic in its own sign near the cusp of the seventh house. The new job is considerably stronger than the old one. I don’t like the fact that Jupiter is retrograde, but it may simply indicate that a job you had rejected as a possibility before may now seem a whole lot more attractive. This would be supported by the fact that the Moon, your co-significator, is separating from a conjunction with Jupiter.

We see that your job has gotten a lot less pleasant recently; Mercury has entered the sign of Cancer, where it is in the detriment of Saturn (hating your current job), and exalting Jupiter (expecting great things of your next job). The good news is that your boss seems to like you, though unfortunately he or she cannot do a whole lot for you. This is because your boss is symbolized by the Sun in your sign, Gemini, but in the 12th house, from where it can do very little.

You probably will not stay in the job much longer — the Moon is about to trine Saturn, which rules the Arabian Part of Resignation and Dismissal, so I would expect you to leave in about a month or so. This is just as well, as the next job looks rather better than this one.

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