Answer my Questions: Horary Astrology:
Lee wrote the book on it!*
Text Copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 J. Lee Lehman
Horary astrology is a part of one of the oldest branches
of divination: that of asking questions. Normally, when we use the word
horary, we refer specifically to the particular sets of rules for interpreting
an astrological chart drawn for the moment of asking a question, a type
of astrology also known under the Sanskrit name prashna. However, let
us not forget that the urge of humans to obtain answers to important questions
by divining, or asking the gods, is much older. Horary astrology in a
sense is merely a technology for reading that divine answer, like the
I Ching, or Tarot.
In Shang Dynasty China, the king would ask questions frequently, often
involving the question of what sacrifice the gods wanted. In ancient Babylonia,
all manner of omens – really, any deviation from business as usual,
whether unusual birth, unusual weather, or unusual bird formations, as
an opportunity to divine the message from the gods. As astrology gradually
gained primacy as a method for reading the heavens, and hence the place
of the gods, so it later became a preferred means of similarly reading
the gods’ messages.
We all ask questions. Some of these questions are more important than
others. What makes a question important? It's not how much money is on
the line, or whether you really need to move. It's whether you care more
about knowing the answer than about what the answer is. Suppose you're
driving to work, and thinking about that new person you interviewed yesterday.
You could be thinking, "I wonder if Jane would be good for the job."
Or you could be very impressed with Jane, and convinced that she could
really help you with that next big project, so you say, "Will my
company hire Jane?" The first is not a horary question, while the
second one may be. A horary question is one in which the person asking
the question really wants to know the answer. It is this serious interest
which allows a horary astrologer to interpret the moment when the question
is asked. Casual curiosity is not enough.
You can ask horary questions about:
Buying or selling a house
A job offer
Moving (either for job-related or unrelated reasons)
A business proposal
Whether the car you've seen is a good one (or alternately, what's wrong with it)
A health condition
A lost object
The more personally you are involved in the question, the better it works in horary. The more specific the question, the better. If the question is about an event, like a job interview, it's generally better to work with the date and time of the event, than with a question about the event. In this case, tell Lee about the event and its timing. If you don't remember when an event was, you can still ask a horary about it. It's just that the question may show less detail than the event chart itself.
An e-mail exchange with Carla in Michigan:
> Thank you again, I love astrology, never miss a day without reading > my horoscope on many different sites, but this is the first time I > have been brave enough to take a chance on hearing an answer I might > not be able to handle!
Well, congratulations on your bravery. I don't think horary is really about "not being able to handle it" so much as telling the universe that you are willing to take
the answer straight up. What you might not be aware of is that there is actually a style of horary reading where, if you have gotten an answer you really cannot accept, that you can turn it around to examine what it would take for things to go a different way. Now the thing is - what usually happens at that point is that you decide that what it would take for things to go otherwise is not a price you are willing to pay, but it can be deeply instructive in examining exactly what the blocks
are related to the question.
A Guide to Lee's Horary Astrology Pages:
Here, you will find some interesting tidbits in the history of Western
horary astrology. Lee will guide you through some of the ideas that shaped
horary through time, and where those ideas led.