On Horary Astrology

by V. H. Frater Resurgam
(Dr. Edmund William Berridge)

Verified Horary Figure by Nemo.
Question—Will /querited [i.ee the subject of a query] die of his present illness?

Hearing by letter that my maternal uncle, an octogenarian was seriously ill from pneumonia, I drew a figure for the moment of intuition to do so, which was while reading the communication. His illness had commenced about February 7th and he was now confined to bed.

The student can easily cast the figure for 11 45 a.m. February 26th 1887 London W. RA of M 22 25 6 and 332°21’24” in arc. Pisces 0.17 culminating Aries. Cancer4°45 ascending; Sun in Pisces 7°32’47’, Moon in Aries 16°23’, Mercury in Pisces 23°19, Venus in Pisces 27°54;Mars in Pisces 20°32. Jupiter in Virgo 5°48, retrograde, Saturn in Cancer 15°54’ retrograde, Uranus in Libra 11°46’ retrograde, Neptune in Taurus 25°10’. Declination Sun 8°43’ S Moon2°47’19” N. Venus 2°29’ S. Venus 1°56’ S. Mars 4°31’ S. Jupiter ( 12°9’ S. Saturn 22°25’ N. Uranus 3°59’ S. Neptune 17°25’ N. The Moon’s North node was in Leo 27.35 Pars Fortuna was in Leo13°32. The Moon’s motion in longitude was 11°49’56” in the 24 hours.

As the querited was the fourth of my maternal uncles and aunts, my mother being the youngest of the family, I took the 10th House of the figure for herself and the 12th (or 3rd from the 10th) for her eldest brother or sister, the 2nd for the 2nd, the 4th for the 3rd and the 6th for the 4th, the querited, and correspondingly the 1st (or 8th from the 6th) for his 8th or House of Death. There Mars ruled querited’s 1st House and Moon his 8th, the aspect being Moon 25°.51. Aries, separating from the quindecile (24°) and applying to his semisextile. The past aspects being good but very weak showed his past state of health, which had been very fair considering his age, but not robust—the applying aspect being good and stronger than his preceding, Mars moreover being dignified by triplicity, term and decanate and also receiving Luna by House, sure recovery from illness was shown, but at the same time not absolute restoration to health. Had the significant been applying to a Tripliciti or even a Sextil I should have predicted not only complete recovery from his acute attack, but also a continuance of a vigorious old age. Had the case been chronic I should have predicted a partial restoration of health at the time indicated, In this instance however, acute pneumonia being a self limited disease, I predicted a complete recovery from the pulmonary attack itself and an escape from death, but not restoration to vigorous health. Nevertheless the severity and danger of the illness was shown by Cauda in querited’s 4th House, by Saturn lord of his 4th posited in close Cuadrature to Moon ruler of his 8th posited in his 6th and slow in motion. As Moon the applying significator, was in a movable sign and a succedent house, each degree signified a week; therefore as wanted 4°9’ of the complete semisextile, I judged that querited would be convalescent in 4 weeks and 1 day, or March 27th. On March 29th he walked out in his garden for the first time and fully recovered from the pneumonia.



(1) This shows the necessity of selecting the exact house corresponding to querited and not generalising. Had I taken his 12th house of the figure as signifying maternal uncles and aunts in general (being his 3rd from the 10th, and the 7th (or 8th from 12th) for querited’s death, the aspects of the Lords thereof would have been Venus 105° Saturn exactly, and applying to Cuadrature , showing present fair health and danger to life in 8 weeks, which was not the case (Future 1.106).

(2) It made no difference to the selection of the 6th house of the figure as the querited’s 1st, that two elder brothers (the 1st and 3rd of the family) were deceased. They has to be taken into consideration in the calculation of his appropriate house, just the same as if they had been living.

(3) Had I taken the 8th house of the figure as signifying querited’s death, the aspect would have been Mars 115.22 Saturn, applying to 108°, signifying recovery in 7½ weeks which was also not the case (Future1.107).

(4) The Moon was in latitude 3°58’ S and Mars in 0°50’ S, adding the sum of these to the degrees and minutes required to form the perfect semisextile, and converting the total amount so obtained into time, would have prolonged the time of the event by 4°48’ or nearly five weeks; yet recovery occurred only two days after the exact time predicted (Future 1.60).

(5) The Moon was 13° distant from the cusp of the house in which he was posited, yet this made no difference whatever in the calculation of time (Future 1.60).

(6) The Moon applied to par. decl. Mars being 1°43’4” distant; yet no danger to life occurred at the corresponding time (Future 1.109).

(7) As the question was concerning the querited only, Scorpio, the sign of his 1st hour described him, a corpulent, strong, able body, somewhat broad and square face, short necked, a squat well-trussed fellow (Lilly p. 63). But the ascendant of the figure does not describe myself, because though the querent, the question was not concerning myself (Future, 1.171).

(8) Uranus is strongly dignified in Scorpio; but the sign is not its diurnal home. Were it so, the aspect would have been Moon 175°23’ Uranus separating from Opposition, implying past danger to life and applying to the quadrasextile (150°) Signifying some illness in about 25½ weeks, neither of which significations were in accordance with facts (Future 1.29.30).

(9) As Mars ruled both the querited’s 1st and 6th Houses no judgement could be formed from the Lord of the 6th, otherwise it would have entered in the calculation, though in a question of the duration of life, I consider the 8th House /coeteri paribus, /the most important (Future1.108).

(10) In this figure Mars was in the 10th, subradius and applying to combustion, also Saturn Lord of the 7th, was in his detriment and retrograde both being therefore ‘unfortunate’ Nevertheless I did not ‘end in the discredit of the artist’ but the reverse, neither was I unable to ‘scarce give a solid judgement’ (Future 1.109-1).

delivered in 1892 to the Adepti in college assembled,