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Part One

Introducing HoraryIdentifying SignificatorsTraditional Sign RulershipsHouses in HoraryMiscellaneous Terms
Angular, Succeedent, Cadent
Use of the Terms ‘Public and Private’
About Colours
Co-Significators of the Houses

Turning the Chart
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Miscellaneous Terms

Co-Significators of the Houses

Lilly mentions that each of the planets ‘joys’ or ‘rejoices’ in one of the houses and that each house is co-signified by one of the signs and planets.

Planetary joys will be covered in the next lesson but a quick definition is that they describe the houses most suited to the basic nature of each planet, so a planet in its house of joy is strengthened and its influence is emphasised.

The use of planets and signs as co-significators for houses is not used in horary judgements; here Lilly is describing a correspondence that has relevance only for medical rulerships. The scheme is based upon the Chaldean order of the planets – Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon – in which Saturn is recognised as the first planet because it is the outermost visible planet. The rest of the planets follow suit according to their proximity to the Earth. This Chaldean order forms the basis of many planetary schemes as you will find as you work through the course. For now, it is important to realise that where, for example, Lilly mentions Mercury as a co-significator of the 6th house, he does so because of the arrangement in this scheme, and not because it is the ruling planet of Virgo.

House co-significators and joys

The rest of this lesson is in the form of an assignment that refers you to passages from The Houses: Temples of the Sky. This text features detailed information on house rulerships and explains some of the underlying philosophy from which house meanings have evolved. Take the assignment below and then return to this page to test your understanding of what has been covered in so far.


Read the introductory chapters of The Houses: Temples of the Sky, through to the end of chapter four (Aspects & Gates: The 2nd/8th House Axis).

It is not necessary that you absorb all the information perfectly at this stage, but the text will give you a feel for the way that the houses were used in traditional, predictive astrology and help to illuminate some of the house descriptions explained by Lilly in Christian Astrology. If you have any questions, feel free to use the forum.

Then refer to chapter 8 of the book (House Rulerships in Practice) and familiarise yourself with the ruleships of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, and 10th houses in various situations.

When you have read those pages return to this page and take the test before moving onto the final lesson in this section.

Take a test based on this lesson

 Continue to section 6: Planetary Joys & Turning the Chart

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