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Horary Love Charts - compiled by Deborah Houlding




There's no denying that in horary, as in all forms of astrology, relationship questions form a large percentage of client work. 'Will I marry?', 'will I divorce?', 'is my partner seeing someone else?', 'will I see someone else?', 'is this relationship going to work for me?' - all of these are familiar questions to the horary practitioner.

As usual, the querent is represented by the 1st house, its ruler and the Moon. Opposite numbers of any kind (be they business or emotional, or whether the relationship is based on love or war), are shown by the 7th house and its ruler. Any planets in these houses should also be considered as co-significators, especially if located near the cusps. They often furnish important physical descriptions or represent notable characteristics.

Besides the main significators, Lilly tells us to consider the Sun as a general significator for the man and Venus as a general significator for the woman. Some texts, such as the 16th century work of Dariot, also advise using the planet from which the Moon has last separated as a co-significator for the querent and the planet to which she next applies as a co-significator for the quesited. Any friendly aspect or unfriendly connection between these two is then said to reflect upon the relationship of the lovers.

The 5th house - the 'joy' of Venus - is often called the house of 'love affairs' for it has a traditional association with pleasure, delight, love and gifts. Finding the Moon or a main significator in the 5th may suggest a heightened passion or pleasure in the relationship, but does not always bode well for long term commitments.

The main considerations in relationship questions are as follows:
  • A good aspect between ruler of the 1st house and ruler of the 7th shows a willingness to form a union. Application by trine or sextile is very promising, especially when there is reception between the planets. If there is no applying aspect between the two, translation or collection of light can achieve the same result and often symbolises the assistance of a third party (more so when the Moon is in the 10th house).

  • If the application or translation is by square or opposition with reception, a relationship is feasible but the situation is difficult and there will be obstacles to overcome. Without reception this kind of aspect seldom promises a good result.

  • An application from the Sun or Moon to Venus, if both are well placed and strong in essential dignities, indicates the relationship will develop.

  • The matter is most promising when the significators are in water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), or in the dignities of Venus.

  • The 1st house ruler in the 7th suggests the querent is the more ardent of the two. Conversely, the 7th house ruler in the 1st shows the quesited to be most keen.

  • If the 7th ruler is located in the 7th house, the person asked about has little thought of the querent, especially if exalted or in its own sign.

  • The fastest moving planet usually indicates the fonder of the two - the one most inclined to develop the relationship.

  • No application, translation or collection - no relationship. Also, if the application is frustrated by the interception of another planet, or by one of the significators turning retrograde, the relationship will be broken off or hindered by a person or situation symbolised by the interposing planet.

  • Uranus is the natural significator of excitability, division, divorce and separation; Mars, disagreement, conflict and violence; Neptune, deceit, confusion and self-deception.

  • The Moon is the natural significator of wives; Venus sweethearts; Mars young men; Sun men of confidence; Saturn mature or older men - the 'father figure'.



Example Charts

[If you are studyng horary, try making notes on these example charts to see what you could have judged, before reading the astrologer's analysis.]



Will she leave her husband for me?

Judged by Deborah Houlding


Will she leave her husband for me?


The querent had felt attracted to his friend's wife for many months and at the time of the question had just begun an affair with her. No one knew about the affair and he wanted to know if it would continue and whether his lover was likely to leave her husband for him.

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Will this be a permanent relationship?

Judged by Olivia Barclay


Will this be a permanent relationship?


The question was asked by a middle aged friend of mine who had been widowed suddenly within the past few years.

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Will he marry me?

Judged by Deborah Houlding


Will he marry me?


The querent, a 32-year-old divorced mother of two small children, had started a love affair with a 38 year old man who had recently separated from his wife. He himself had 3 young children and the marriage breakdown had hit him quite hard. He was living in a bed-sit temporarily but often stayed over at the querent's house and her own children had become quite fond of him. She was hoping that the relationship would lead to a full term commitment, and they had spoken about the lover moving in with her on a permanent basis, with a long term view to marrying once his finances had become more settled after the divorce. She wasn't really sure if she could take his comments on marriage seriously, or whether, once he had moved in, he would try to persuade her that they were happy living together without marriage vows. She felt quite strongly that she would want to get married, as the responsibility of having children made her feel that the stability and extra commitment that went with marriage would safeguard theirs, as well as her own, emotional vulnerability.

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Will they get back together?

Judged by Cynthea Tasker


Will they get back together?


The question concerned my cousin and his wife who had lived in Canada for 23 years and recently separated. The wife had returned to live in England and my cousin had followed her, hoping for a reconciliation. When I heard the news, I asked the question - "will they get back together?"

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Is there a future in this relationship?

Judged by Deborah Houlding


Is there a future in this relationship?


The querent is an attractive lady in her late 50s. She had felt herself being drawn into a relationship with a married man, but with two marriages behind her, she did not want to get involved in a complicated affair which had no future.

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© Parts of this article have been adapted from Traditional Astrologer Magazine, Issue 2, Autumn 1993. Copyright for judgements belong to the astrologers indicated.

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