Free Astrology Reading: When Will My Tenant Finally Leave?

July 27, 2008 by  

My tenant is not vacating my flat even after nine months of notice. She is always coming up with excuses to stay put and is problematic to me and the neighbors. She is spreading false rumors about me to others. We came to know she and her husband are criminals. I am fed up with all the problems she is creating and told her to vacate as she was not paying the increased rent. Now her husband has passed away and she is asking for another 10 months to vacate. Will she vacate at least after that?


Dear M.,

I cast a horary horoscope for the time I understood your question. The chart is below:

Your tenant is represented by the 7th house* (see endnote) of “other people.” Mercury just entered a fixed sign, Leo, indicating that your tenant does not plan to go anywhere for as long as possible. The main difficulty is that you are not being firm and consistent in your demands upon her. Neither of your planets, Jupiter and the Moon, are in fixed signs – she is being much more stubborn and focused than you, which is why she is winning this little game.

I also note that the Moon is in Gemini, a double sign, indicating your vacillation on this issue. Double signs go back and forth; in a loud-voiced double sign, there is lots of talk here, but it is all one step forward and one step back. The fact that the Moon is ruled by Mercury tells us she has the upper hand here, because of your hesitation to put your foot down. What is less clear is why you are having difficulty doing so. Would your fear of the malicious rumors she is spreading have anything to do with it? The Moon is in her 12th house of secrets and hidden enemies.

The Moon has recently sextiled Mercury, likely your giving her permission to stay for another 10 months. The Moon’s next aspect is a sextile to the Sun, which afflicts Mercury by combustion. The Sun could be another person, perhaps a neighbor of hers, who is helpful to you in this matter, and it looks like you might be asking them for assistance. The Sun can also represent the government, and might show you starting the formal eviction process.

If you want to get her out sooner than 10 months, your best bet is in about four months from now, as Mercury will conjoin the Sun in about 4 degrees. That is, you should start the process now, but November-December seems like a good time for her to leave. However, that is only if you start taking decisive action to get her out. I do not see her leaving of her own accord otherwise, and the chart does not clearly show timing for that. Why should she? She has you where she wants you.

*Endnote: In traditional texts, tenants are assigned to the sixth house. However, remember that the sixth house rules slaves and those improving our household, so the old-fashioned kind of tenant is meant, where he works your land and generally does your bidding. In today’s context, that definition is not appropriate, and we would give most tenants the 7th house of business associates. If you do use the 6th house for tenants, feel free to share your experiences in the comments section.

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Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – When Should I Sell My House?

May 10, 2007 by  

Worcestershire Homes

Horary Question:

My husband just got a letter this week from his job explaining that he has one more year to go (May 2008) in his position and his contract will not be renewed.

We were planning to put the house for sale in September. However, I just spoke with a friend, who is a real estate agent and she advised us to put it on the market right away because the market is going to drop here in Phoenix. My question is then to find out the best possible time to put it up for sale.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear G.,

You’re definitely not the only person asking this question in today’s real estate market! As always, I cast a horary chart for the time that I understood your question. Because you are asking for the best time to do something, we can use the horary chart to determine the most favorable time for you to list your house for sale. This method is not as precise as electional astrology, which takes your birth chart into consideration to give a precise time down to the minute. However, very often a rough idea of timing is sufficient for our purposes. The horary chart for your question is below:

Horary Astrology - Best time to sell house?

We will look primarily for some way that we can strengthen Mercury, the ruler of the fifth house, as the fifth house rules profit from real estate (which is ruled by the fourth house). Currently, Mercury is at 28.21° Taurus in the 12th house; at this very moment, the potential for making lots of money from your house is not very strong. The good news is that very shortly, Mercury is going to move into its own sign of Gemini. This will happen in about 1.5°, which in this case translates to 1.5 months from today. It obviously cannot be years, as you would need to sell before your husband’s job ends next May.

I certainly would not list the house earlier than early July, though at any time afterwards you will be in the clear. As a result, you can list as early as July, or go with your original plan of September; either will work fine.

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Free Astrology Advice: Horary Questions – Can I Sell the Property?

February 15, 2007 by  


Horary Question:

My daughter used to live with me for the last eight years. I sent her school to be a beautician. She wanted to open up her own business. I purchased a commercial property and invested all my savings to set up a salon for her. She was supposed to open her business on the last week of October 2006. While her business place was being renovated she met a guy on the Internet and decided to get married to him. She got married on November 2, 2006 and moved 1000 miles from me.

She refused to open the business. Now the property is on the market for sale and I have to pay the mortgage and expenses without any money being produced by the business. She asked me to quit my job so I could help her in the business which she did not open. My question is if her getting married and putting me into all this would be worthwhile for her. Would I have to foreclose on the property or I would be able to sell it soon cutting my further losses?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear D.,

Your situation sounds like quite a predicament; on the one hand, you need to take care of your financial situation, and on the other hand, you want to do what’s best for your daughter. The way that I will analyze this chart is to see whether the property can produce money for you if you keep it, or whether it will bring you more money (and if a sale is imminent).

I cast a horary chart for the time that I understood your question, and the chart for the question is below:

Horary Question - Foreclose on Property or Sell It?

First, we have to look at the potential profit from the property if you decide to — or have to — keep it. Profit from the property is shown by the fifth house, as it is the second house from the fourth; profit from real estate. This is shown by the Moon, which is just now exiting Capricorn and will shortly move into Aquarius. In Capricorn, the Moon is in the sign of its detriment, and in Aquarius, the Moon has only medium strength, which is still better than its position in Capricorn. So thus far, there has been little or no profit coming to you from the property. However, it looks as though things are about to improve, if you choose to rent it out or something like that, though with the mortgage payments and so on, you probably would still just end up breaking even at the end of the day.

Now, let’s take a look at what will happen in terms of selling the property, and whether that is a better option for you. The potential buyer is shown by Mercury, ruler of the seventh house of other people. You are shown by Jupiter, ruler of the first house of self. What we are hoping to see is an aspect between Mercury and Jupiter, showing the two of you reaching a deal. We seen a Mercury was applying to a square with Jupiter, showing a potential deal being made. However, Mercury has just turned retrograde, backing out of the deal as it were. I wonder if that was the reason you were moved to contact me, because something had fallen through at the last minute. It is interesting to see that your money and their money recently were in contact, so I wonder if the person even put up some kind of earnest money or something like that. This is shown by the separating sextile aspect of Venus and Mars, each ruling your and your partner’s second house of money.

So I don’t see a sale in the very near future, which means that you will have to have the property make money for you in some other way while you wait for a buyer to show up. It might make sense to rent the property out and at least stop the place from draining your money. The rent isn’t going to make you rich, but it will help you cut your losses, and may even help prevent immediate foreclosure.

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Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – Will I Keep My House?

January 5, 2007 by  

Elegant Company in a Summer House


How do I get out of my very serious financial situation? I had to pay my ex-husband out for the family home and truly paid more than was fair and I have got into trouble paying it back and borrowed from hither and thither to make it happen to keep a roof over my university sons’ heads and now I am in serious financial difficulty. I don’t want to sell the house but was wondering whether there is any indication of a windfall or some other money coming my way that would help me not have to move and pay out the house. Thanks. My situation is truly dire.


Nina Gryphon:

I’m sorry to hear about your financial difficulties; I know how these things can somehow snowball out of control very quickly. Let us see whether anything good is coming your way, or whether you should start doing some damage control. Either way, at least you will not be operating in the dark.

As always, I set a chart for the time I understood your question, a technique known as horary astrology, which allows us to see the likely development of the question. This is different from natal astrology, which uses your own birth horoscope. The advantage of horary is that it is quicker and more to the point, and will often give a very good quick and dirty response when you just need the facts. Your horary chart is below:

Lose My House?  Horary Chart

We can see that your financial situation is difficult indeed. First, we see that Saturn in Leo (where it is in its detriment), retrograde to boot, is sitting right on your ascendant. So something is definitely weighing on you — since Saturn signifies poverty and hardship in general, we can see that this is very much at the forefront of your mind.

Also, the malefic South node is closely conjunct your second house cusp of money. Not only that, but Mercury, which rules your money, is combust (probably the worst affliction that can happen to a planet) by being so close to the Sun. You’re figuratively burning your money, just like Mercury is burning due to its proximity to the Sun. Obviously, this isn’t anything you don’t already know, but it just goes to show that this chart very closely reflects your actual situation.

However, all is not lost. We see that the moon will shortly trine a very powerful Jupiter and its own sign of Sagittarius. Jupiter is considered the Great Benefic, and it is extremely helpful when it is in its own sign, because that it has more power to help. Jupiter rules the fifth house of profit from real estate. This may mean you will sell the house, or it may simply mean that you can make money from your house in some other way, such as renting part of it out. Either way, you will end up with a good chunk of change because Jupiter is so strong.

Mercury, which I already said rules your money, will very shortly sextile the Part of Fortune, another sign that some money is coming your way soon. The thing we need to determine is where this money will be coming from. It may be coming from a significant other or simply “any old person.” Have you considered speaking with your ex-husband about keeping the house to make your sons’ lives easier? It seems that he has something at stake here as well, as they are presumably his children, too.

The real underlying question here is whether you will lose your house. There is the possibility that you will sell it, because Mars is going to trine Saturn in 3° (this can be three months or three years, depending on how fast these things move in your part of the world). Saturn is this nasty thing we discussed earlier, or can simply mean a buyer. My suspicion is that you will end up selling the house, but you will make more money from it than you expected, and you may have to downgrade only a little bit.

Suggested Spiritual Work

This situation puts me in mind of a traditional way of not getting evicted from a house. You might want to give it a try. Take a bath, though not a soapy one, just one into which you have added some salt and some holy water, if you’re religious. As you bathe, pray for being able to stay in your house. Once you’re done with the bath, save some of the used bathwater and wash your floors with it. Because your situation seems to be so urgent, I would do this bath/floor wash frequently, maybe once a week or more. Let me know how it goes.

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Free Astrology Advice: Horary Astrology – Will We Sell Our House This Month?

December 12, 2006 by  

Farmhouses on Long Island - When Will We Sell Our House?


We need to sell our home this month. We are building another home out of this state and we are expecting settlement next month. Please tell me if you see us selling soon and if you see us getting the amount we’re asking.


Nina Gryphon:

Dear K.,

Yours is one of the challenges of this poor housing market in the United States. The speculator buyer pool has pretty much dried up, and suddenly sellers are left with houses that may be difficult to sell otherwise. I cast a horary chart for your question, using this old astrological method that casts a horoscope for the time of the question, with the idea that the answer is contained in the chart. The horary chart for your question is below:

Horary Astrology - Will We Sell Our House?

First, let’s take a look at the condition of the house relative to the price. The house itself is shown by the fourth house of the chart, which is ruled by Jupiter in Scorpio in the 12th house. Jupiter is peregrine, showing the condition of the house could be better. However, overall the house is fine; the North node is just inside the fourth cusp, making me think there aren’t significant problems. The price is shown by the opposite house, the 10th. Its ruler is Mercury in Libra, and while it is also peregrine, it just separated from the benefic fixed star Spica. I wonder if you recently lowered the price or simply are asking less than you think you could. In any case, the price (as it currently stands) seems to be reasonably suited to the condition of the house, and I expect you will get what you are asking or very close to it.

The thing we want to look for here is whether you will get together with the buyer sooner rather than later. You are shown by Jupiter (so is the house, but that is a separate query), while the potential buyer is shown by Mercury. We do not see an applying aspect between these two planets, but we do see that the Moon, which is your co–significator, will soon trine Saturn. Mercury has recently trined Saturn as well, so we see that there will be a third party, presumably an agent, who will bring seller and buyer together.

The Moon will trine Saturn in about 6°. I believe that this refers to six weeks, though ultimately this depends on your local market. So, to briefly answer your question, I am not sure if you will be able to sell within a month, but you should sell shortly thereafter.

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Free Astrology Advice – Horary Astrology: Will We Sell the House and When?

October 6, 2006 by  

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology - Sell House?


Am I ever going to sell my house? It’s been on the market for 4 months and no one is interested (even though we have updates). We are very discouraged!


Nina Gryphon:

Dear D.,

As you or anyone who reads this column at all regularly knows, the US housing market is not doing terribly well these days, especially in areas where it tended to become highly inflated. Either of the coasts fall under this heading, and people everywhere are trying very hard to sell houses that suddenly just will not move.

At the end of this column, I will give the very popular instructions for working with St. Joseph to sell your house. I get a lot of e-mails regarding this, and a number of requests for the St. Joseph real estate kits, so I find the information is worthwhile repeating every now and then.

I cast a horary chart (Greek: “of the hour”) for the moment I understood your question, using this ancient technique that is built on the premise that all questions contain the answers within them, and the way this translates to astrology is that the horoscope for the question also has the answer. The horary chart for your question is below:

Free Astrology Advice - Horary Astrology - Sell House?

You are represented by Venus in Virgo, while the person who will buy your house is shown by Mars in Libra. Venus is quite weak in Virgo, which is the sign of Venus’s fall. What is the reason for Venus’s weakness? Mercury, which rules Venus’s sign. Here, Mercury is the buyer’s money, so Venus is not doing too well because she is dependent on getting the buyer’s money.

Mars (the buyer) is also weak in Libra, the sign of its detriment, but for a somewhat different reason. Mars is very interested in Venus, so we can see that there is an interested buyer on the horizon. Also, in Libra, Mars is in the exaltation of Saturn. This means that the buyer overestimates and very highly values whatever Saturn represents. Saturn rules the fourth house of real estate, so we see that the buyer highly values and overestimates the value of the house. If you are the seller, this is excellent news.

You mention your house has been on the market four months and has not yet sold. Let us take a look at why that might be. As I said, the house is shown by Saturn in Leo, which is in its detriment. Unless there is something particularly descriptive about Leo which would not make it negative for Saturn, we can assume the house is not fabulous. You mention the house is about 50 years old; in today’s market, where everyone is looking for a brand-new construction, this can indeed be a problem.

The 10th house shows the price, which is the Moon in Cancer. In Cancer, the Moon is in its own sign, so it is very strong. So we have a relatively weak house combined with a relatively strong price; one can see why the buyers are not flocking. This is especially a problem if the market has fallen off a cliff as a whole, as you would not attract people who are speculating with real estate. The other thing is that in Cancer, the Moon is in Saturn’s detriment, so the price harms the desirability of the house.

However, I would not go and reduce the price drastically just yet. Whoever will buy this house will think it is better than it really is, so presumably they will not mind paying your asking price. The Moon has just separated from a square to Mars, and will sextile Venus in about 4.5 degrees. So we have an astrological phenomenon known as translation of the light, where a fast moving planet picks up one planet and brings it to another. Here, the Moon joins you and the buyer, so the Moon is showing us the agent. So we know the sale will occur 4.5 somethings from the time of the question, which was September 15. With the Moon in the cadent ninth house and in a Cardinal sign, we can assume we are looking at weeks or months. I incline more toward weeks, especially since the buyer seems pretty motivated. So I would expect the sale in the second half of October.

Spiritual Work – Selling Your House with Saint Joseph

One way to do help your house sell faster is to petition Saint Joseph, the traditional saint of real estate. Do you have to be Catholic or religious? Definitely not; Saint Joseph works with anyone, and your results will have more to do with your following the instructions carefully and giftedness for this sort of work than anything else.

The traditional way to work with Saint Joseph is to burn a Saint Joseph candle dressed with Saint Joseph oil and with special herbs associated with the saint. Too, you will want to put a Saint Joseph print that has been dressed with the oil among your house papers (like the deed of ownership, etc.). The whole property must be liberally dressed with Saint Joseph oil, and one would bury a Saint Joseph statuette (also dressed with the oil) upside down on the property. Then, you make a prayer for the saint’s assistance. Once the property sells, the statuette must be dug up, cleaned off and put in a place of honor in the new home. This is important, as not giving Saint Joseph proper respect will result in problems involving the old property.

I have had a number of people e-mailing me asking me where they can obtain St. Joseph spiritual supplies. I sell a St. Joseph real estate kit, which includes a Saint Joseph blessed candle, St. Joseph oil, a St. Joseph statuette, a chromo print, and a holy card, as well as complete instructions for use. These kits cost $20 plus shipping. You can contact me if interested at These kits have proved extremely popular, and are momentarily out of stock. However, I am currently taking pre-orders from interested parties, and expect to have the kits back in stock by the middle of October. The kits will be shipped out on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Celebrity Astrology: Donald Trump and the Art of Selling Real Estate

September 28, 2006 by  

Real Estate Sales - Saint Joseph

Since starting my advice column with an astrology question about selling real estate, I have received countless questions about whether people will be able to sell their houses. This is always a concern, unless one is living in a red-hot market, but especially now, after this recent solar eclipse on September 22, when the housing market is expected to head south in the United States.

The thing to remember when looking at horoscopes about house sales, whether we are looking at horary or natal charts, is that we always have to look at what is going on with the fourth house. The fourth house rules real estate, the home, and immovable property in general. It doesn’t matter whether you live in the house, or whether it is just an investment property, or a beach house where you spend a week a year. Immovable property is always the fourth house. For clients whose natal charts I analyze in private consultations, fourth house activity in the natal horoscope, as well a second house activity, which shows income, are always reliable indicators of selling real estate. This is similar to the shorter horary astrology charts that I analyze on the blog.

Donald Trump and Real Estate Sales

I will demonstrate what I mean by looking at the chart of someone very well-known for real estate transactions. Below is the natal chart of Donald Trump, the American a real estate developer and businessman. By way of background, Trump first proposed to reconstruct the rundown Commodore Hotel in New York City in 1976. His proposal enraged other real estate developers, because Trump was able to start work on the hotel with special tax breaks from the New York City government. In 1978, Trump sold his stake in the Commodore Hotel to Hyatt Hotels, and broke ground on the construction project.

Trump’s solar returns for 1978 (both the solar return ending that year, and the solar return beginning that year) show not only an intense focus on fourth house matters, but also the profit that he realized in 1978, before even beginning construction. Thus the above principles are satisfied, and that we see real estate matters affected and finances being affected as well.

First, before making any predictions, we need to look at the rulers of the appropriate houses in Trump’s natal chart. As for his finances, they will be ruled by Mercury, which is the ruler both by domicile and by exaltation of the second house of money. Real estate will be ruled by Mars, which rules his fourth house of immovable property. Note that Mars is extremely strong in Trump’s chart; it is the only angular planet, and it is on the royal fixed star Regulus. Therefore, whatever Mars symbolizes will be kinglike and blessed with great success and renown. Regulus, interestingly, also can cause fall from power.

Donald Trump Horoscope - Selling Real Estate

In the first solar return starting in 1977 and ending on Trump’s birthday in 1978, Venus and Mars are conjoined in Taurus in the fourth house. Venus rules Trump’s 10th house of career. Venus is in its own sign, while Mars is in its detriment in Taurus. This is as good a portrait as any of his decision to take on the Commodore Hotel reconstruction. The real estate itself is shown to be very weak, because it is shown by this weak Mars. However, Trump’s career, as shown by Venus, is greatly benefiting from running into this bad Mars. The fact that the conjunction trines the solar return ascendant does not hurt, either.

Donald Trump Horoscope - Selling Real Estate - Solar Return 1977

It is the following solar return, however, that really fulfills the promise of Trump’s natal chart. In that solar return, we see Venus in Cancer, again, just inside the fourth house cusp. Whenever we see this repeating theme, especially in subsequent solar returns, we sit up and pay attention. In this solar return, Mars has just entered Virgo. Just before entering Virgo, Mars was on Regulus and just before that, Mars was conjoined with Saturn in Leo, showing that Mars was previously been in bad condition, but then rapidly improved, at least in Trump’s vision. We can see that the hotel (for that is what Mars signifies), is now split into multiple parts, since Virgo is a double sign. This indicates Trump’s sale of a stake in the hotel to Hyatt.

Donald Trump Horoscope - Selling Real Estate - Solar Return 1978

Mars is in Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury, ruler of Trump’s finances. How is Mercury in the solar return? Mercury is in its own sign in Gemini in cazimi with the Sun. Cazimi means “in the heart of the Sun” and therefore is highly beneficial for Mercury. Mercury and the Sun are both positioned in the second house of wealth. Was this a good year financially for Trump? Yes, definitely.

You can see that real estate sales are easy to find in the chart, whether you’re selling your primary residence or a real estate investment property, as Trump did. However, finding it in the chart is of no help if you cannot sell the darn thing, no matter how hard you try. Below are some suggestions for selling real estate. These suggestions are commonly employed by real estate agents in the United States, and possibly elsewhere, though I have no information about this practice in other countries.

Astrology Advice: Will I Sell My House This Year? Buy a New One?

September 9, 2006 by  

Astrology Advice - Real Estate Horoscope - Rest on Flight to Egypt


After 9 years of marriage, I fell in love with a man who later ruined my life. With him I have a house which we bought together, and is up for sale for the last 4 years! He lives in the house while I fled from it, a place once, for a short while, was my piece of paradise on earth. I am 50 years old, and I moved 17 times in my life, not to count the country. In the last 3 years I got close to new female friends, who are wealthy and buy apartments like they were new stockings. They were the ones who put the wish in my head to own something too. And now I am on my way – maybe – to do so. I have no money at all, my friend ruined me, I only have half of the house, which won’t sell. Will I sell the house this year, and should I venture to buy an apartment as an investment?


Nina Gryphon:

Dear G.,

That is a tough situation in which to find yourself; having friends who can afford the kind of real estate you can only dream about. And on top of that, having some real estate you’d wish you could sell right away! It sounds pretty frustrating.

For your kind of question, a horary chart (from the Greek: “of the hour”) is most suitable, and it is the horoscope cast for the moment I received your question. The answer lies within the horoscope cast for the question.

Astrology Advice - Real Estate Horoscope

The chart does not look terribly promising for selling your house this year. You are symbolized by Mercury, ruler of the 1st house, and potential buyers by Jupiter, lord of the 7th. The two are not coming to an aspect, showing that there probably will not be an agreement this year. Similarly, the Moon is Void of Course, which means that it is not going to make any aspects before leaving its current sign of Pisces. Void of Course means “no action in the time frame of the question” if other testimonies concur. Combined with the lack of an aspect between Mercury and Jupiter, the odds are not in your favor. However, there is one redeeming feature here, which is that the Moon (your co-significator along with Mercury) is about to conjoin the Arabian Part of Fortune at 28 Pisces. This shows that there may be a small chance someone will buy the house this year. But I would not bet on this, especially if you are hoping to use the money from the sale of the house to finance your apartment purchase.

Let us take a look at the proposed apartment investment. Your money is signified by Venus, ruler of the second house of finances. Venus recently moved into Virgo, the sign of its fall, indicating that your money is not in great shape, just as you mention. That would make us a little hesistant to recommend making a major purchase such as an apartment. Too, Mercury, ruler of the 1st house, about to conjoin the malefic South Node speaks against changing the situation as it currently stands. When we have a “should I or shouldn’t I” question, we look at where the planet is going as the prospective change. Since Mercury is in a good place right now (in its rulership and exaltation in Virgo), but will shortly meet with the South Node, this says strongly “stay where you are.”

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