Answer my Questions: Horary Astrology:
Lee wrote the book on it!*
Text Copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2016 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 in question, 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
Buying or selling any property that you really care about
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
Whether a particular doctor or other consultant will be able to help you
Whether you will get pregnant during a period of time
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.
You cannot ask horary questions when:
You have already asked the question before, either to another horary astrologer, or Tarot reader, I Ching reader, or using any other divinatory method. All of these methods share the admonition that you cannot ask the same question more than once. If you do, all attempts to answer the question after the first one will produce random results. This, by the way, is a good reason to ask questions with specific end date in mind. For example, if you ask, “Will I marry Bill within a year?” you do not preclude asking about Bill later. Generally, limiting your questions to some time period like a year is probably a good idea anyway, because all divinatory questions assume that the circumstances of your life will occur without much conscious effort on your part.
Now: if you asked a horary or other question, and you are not sure of the original reader’s answer, Lee can give a second opinion – but only by using the same date, time , and place of the original reading.
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
To Use Lee’s Horary Services:
1 Horary Question ($ 80.00)
One question, pretty much any subject. Note: if Lee determines that your question is unanswerable, you will have the choice of a refund, or a different question later.
Horary Six Pack ($ 420.00)
Six questions at a discount! The same rules as the single horary question, but at a savings. A Six Pack is good for 18 months from the time of asking the first question.