Horary Astrology in the ancient tradition

Welcome to Green Planet Astrology, also known as Magical Arts Astrology. This is a website dedicated to the practice of Traditional Astrology, and principally that branch known as Horary Astrology, an astrological art form which began in the fifth century BCE.  Horary Astrology was then developed by such notable astrologers as Ptolemy in the 2nd century, Abu Ma’shar of the 9th century,  and William Lilly in England in the 17th Century, who wrote  Christian Astrology, which is considered “the Bible” of Horary Astrology.  .  Unlike Modern Astrology, which is heavily focused on the Natal Chart, Traditional Astrology is more oriented to the use of astrology for purposes of Divination.  Hence, Horary Astrology, which is predictive or divinatory astrology, is heavily emphasized in Traditional Astrology.   In addition to Horary, Traditional Astrology includes 3 other forms of astrology:  (1) Electional Astrology, which specializes in finding the most suitable time for an event, such as a marriage or the commencing of a major project, (2) Mundane Astrology, which analyzes “big” world events, and (3) Natal Astrology, which involves quite different types of chart interpretations from the Natal Chart work in Modern Astrology.

The ancient practice of Traditional Astrology was eroded by the ascendancy of Science and the Age of Enlightenment, which minimized the significance of such things as World Soul, Magic, symbolism, and the intuition.  In Traditional Astrology we reach back into the age prior to the ascendancy of what might be called the “tyranny” of reason, and engage in a form of astrology which honors the magic of the universe, the divinatory arts, and the intuitive capacity.  Geoffrey Cornelius’ book The Moment of Astrology explores this deeper meaning of astrology.Planets in the heavens

Horary Astrology seeks answers to questions that we have about our lives.  Its foundational premise is that just like each person has a specific time of birth, questions also have a time of birth — hence, horary charts are cast for the specific time and place at which the question is received by the astrologer.  The other premise underlying Horary is the Hermetic and Magical idea of the correlation between the macrocosm and the microcosm — this basic principle of sympathetic magic emerges from the Emerald Tablet , with its famous statement, “As above, so below.”

Horary can answer questions such as, “Is this the right job for me”, or “Will I marry this person”, as well as “where are the car keys I misplaced” or “will I win the lawsuit?” It’s important to ask a question about a matter that one really cares about, rather than one emanating from an idle curiosity. As well, it should be emphasized that one should only ask a question if truly wishing to have an answer — and knowing that the answer may not be what one would have liked to hear.  Though Horary Astrology can give surprisingly accurate interpretations, those asking questions should also always weigh the answers thus received with their own wisdom and judgement, their own intuition, and not regard the astrological answer as the absolute truth.  In all things, I believe that our own Inner Guidance is the most reliable source of assistance — and yet, it can be difficult for many to access such guidance, which is why the tools provided by the Divinatory Arts can assist us.

Though I have studied Horary Astrology for 6 years, this art is so complex and multi-faceted, and there is so much to learn and master, that I consider myself still at the student level.  Hence I am offering student rates of $20 for interpretations of Horary Charts.  As well, there may be some questions that I will answer free of charge.

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Claudius Ptolemy, astrologer