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Any reasonable and sincere question can be answered using an ancient form of Astrology.

Known as Horary Astrology, the art of casting a chart to find the answer to a specific question is one of the oldest uses of Astrology!

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Astrolabe PragueTraditional Astrology

 

There are many different forms of Astrology. Traditional Astrology dates back to several centuries BCE.

Traditional Astrology has its roots in the ancient world when astrology and astronomy were the same science. Astronomical data has been found on clay tablets dating from around 3800BC and the first known personal horoscope was drawn up in 410BC. In these ancient times it enjoyed general acceptance, and was practiced by the Chaldeans, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs. It flourished in Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries. It was once termed Astromancy -- divination by the stars. Traditional methods are frequently used for predictive work and provide accurate readings for specific events

The 12 zodiac constellations (sun signs) that we are familiar with in the West, are attributed symbolism from the myths and archetypes of ancient Babylon, Egypt and Assyria, each one represents significant associations & personality characteristics for the astrologer.

Astrology was extremely popular in Europe before the 1700's. During the 17th Century Astrology was increasingly brought into disrepute because it conflicted with trends in the politics and science of the time. The Traditional methods were forced underground for the next 300 years. During the mid 20th Century Astrology gained popularity once more. Modern Astrologers had Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to add to their textbooks whilst the interest in psychological and spiritual development took Astrology into a new era of self analysis. Many of the traditional methods were omitted or re-interpreted to suit modern interests.

During the last few decades there has been a renewed interest in the ancient texts that were the basis of Astrological study for over a thousand years. Most texts were written in the language of the location and time and much work still goes on to make available accurate translations. The work of 17th Century English Astrologer William Lilly has formed the foundation for many traditional Astrologers today. He was able to read Latin and studied and translated old texts. He was consulted regularly by people from all walks of life including the leading monarchs and politicians of the time.

 

Horary Astrology

Horary astrology is an ancient branch of astrology which gives a direct answer to a specific question. The answer to a horary question might be a straightforwarold style square chartd yes or no. Usually additional and more complex information surrounding the issue is also made available through reading the horary chart.

A chart is calculated for the "birth-moment" of an idea, a question, or an event. Horary Astrologers usually take that moment to be when the question is asked or clarified and understood by the Astrologer using this as the "birth" time for the chart.

Suitable horary questions might be:

Some questions cannot be answered using a horary chart. It is important that the question itself is not too open-ended or unclear. The question may need to be reconsidered or simply rephrased before a chart is cast.

Find out more about what Horary Astrology can or can't do »

More Specialist areas of Astrology:

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Natal, or Genelithacal: this area of Astrology has its focus on the Birth chart of an individual.(the same technique is used to calculate the "birth" chart of an event, group, country or other significant beginning)The subsequent transits of the "heavenly bodies" and their Progressions is an important technique frequently used in addition to the Horoscope chart when assessing current and future trends.. This forms a basis for the many applications of person centred astrology.

Electional: this is an application of Horary methods used to choose the most propitious moment for initiating a new enterprise, event, or commencing a journey, etc.

Relocation: a technique that recalculates the birth chart for a different geographical location to assess the impact on an individual. This has become popular as more people have the freedom to choose where in the world they can travel or make their home.

Financial: astrological cycles & patterns have been studied in relation to the fluctuations in the stock market and the resulting statistical analysis provides a basis for stock market trading & other speculation.

Mundane, also termed judicial Astrology: a consideration of the current positions of the planets with respect to their influence upon entire populations, or groups, by countries, cities or localities, at Ingresses, eclipses, ordinary Lunations and Full Moons, and major transits or conjunctions.

Medical: the application of Astrology to questions of health, and as a diagnostic aid when confronted with baffling symptoms of disease and obscure ailments. The physicians of medieval Europe were well known as medical practitioners who used Astrology as part of their diagnosis after a long tradition dating back at least as far as Hippocrates. Nicholas Culpeper, the 17th Century English Herbalist published detailed information on using Astrology as an integral part of treating patients. The advent of medical science during the late 1600's in Western Europe and America forced this approach to go largely underground but there is currently some renewed interest in this area.

Meteorological, also known as Astro-Meteorology: the application of Astrological science to the forecasting of weather conditions, earthquakes and severe storms.

Agricultural: an application of Astrology to the planting and the harvesting of crops. Since the early 1900's it is often referred to as Biodynamic planting. More information can be found in the Moon Gardening Section »

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