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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
Learning Horary Astrology - free online tutorials written by Deborah Houlding

Miscellaneous Terms

The Use of Colours

According to Lilly’s list, the colours associated with each house are as follows:

1st House 2nd House 3rd House 4th House 5th House 6th House
White, pale, grey Green Red and yellow, or croceal or saffron colour Red Black and white, honey colour Black
7th House 8th House 9th House 10th House 11th House 12th House
Dark Black Green and black Green and white Red and white Saffron or yellow Green

You will see that four of the houses are associated with the colour green, whilst none are associated with blue or purple. In general, traditional authors disagree widely on the use of associated colours and I’ve personally never come across a traditional list that makes perfect sense or appears very useable in practice.

David McCann wrote a very good article on ‘The Astrology of Colour’ which appeared in issue 18 of the Traditional Astrologer. It has been reproduced on this website and offers a good explanation on some of the difficulties of associating colours with astrological symbols, as well as an interesting run-down on the meanings and properties of the colours. He explains how practical considerations played their part in traditional associations, and since blue dye was very difficult to obtain, it was listed infrequently to reflect the fashions of the times.

Another problem was that traditional cultures simply did not have the broad range of colours that we can create with modern technology, nor did they have the terminology for colour that we have today. Hence, where Lilly lists ‘red and white’ for the 10th house, he probably means red mixed with white, ie, pink. Similarly, ‘red and yellow’ listed for the 3rd house means orange, and ‘black and white’ listed for the 5th probably means silver; ‘honey colour’ could mean gold. The limited terminology also explains why the 6th house is associated with black, but the 7th house is associated with ‘dark black’ – black is used to represent darkness and white is used to represent lightness, so the black attributed to the 6th house is suggesting any colour that is dark, whilst the dark black of the 7th would be the true black we visualize by the term today.

I’ve re-written Lilly’s associations below in the way that I interpret them, but all in all I haven’t seen enough evidence of the house-colour scheme in working practice to offer any confidence in it. I would recommend that you read the article by David McCann, who explains the problems more fully and details varying colour lists offered by other traditional authors.

1st House 2nd House 3rd House 4th House 5th House 6th House
Light colours Green Orange Red Silver or gold Dark colours
7th House 8th House 9th House 10th House 11th House 12th House
Black Dark green Light Green Pink Yellow Green


© Deborah Houlding 2003

Horary Astrology

Recommended reading for this lesson
The Astrology of Colour by David McCann