An Astrological WORK Left to POSTERITY
By Nicholas Culpeper
Aphorisms For Resolving Horary Questions (21 – 40)
In an Horary Question, when the Lord of the hour is the same Planet, or of the same Nature or Triplicity, or in the same Triplicity with the Lord of the Ascendant, the figure is radical, and fit to be judged of; else not.
Pass no judgement upon a Figure, when either the first or later degrees of a Signe ascend: for if few degrees ascend, the Question is not (as then) ready for judgement: but if the later ascend, the time is slipped, and the Querent hath been tampering with some other Artist about it.
Saturn or Mars peregrine in the tenth house, or the Dragons tail there, the Artist gets no credit by that Question.
In all Questions, have a special eye to the Moon for she brings the strengths of the other Planets to us: It is better the Lord of the Ascendant be unfortunate then she.
In all Questions wherein the Fortunes are significators, hope well, but if the Infortunes be significators, fear the worst and so order your judgement accordingly.
When the Moon is void of course in a Question, there is no great hopes of effecting anything to purpose; yet if she be in Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius, or Pisces, the fear is the less.
The Planet which the Moon last separated from, shews what hath been done already in the business: If from a Fortune, good, if from an Infortune, ill. See what house the Planet is in, and give your judgement accordingly.
The application of the Moon shews the present state of the thing demanded: a good Planet in a good house, by a good aspect, gives strong hopes of the thing desired.
The application of the Moon to a Planet in his fall, or detriment, signifies trouble and delay in the business.
If a Planet retrograde, or in his first station, be Significator, he denotes much discord and contradiction in the business.
A Planet slowe in motion, if he be Significator, prolong mightily the thing sought after; especially, if he be in a signe contrary to his nature, or in the house of his enemy.
When the Infortunes signifie evil, they bring it to pass with much violence: but if they signifie good, they either bring it not to pass at all, or if they do, it comes with much care, delay, and vexation.
When the Infortunes signifie any evil, see whether Jupiter or Venus cast friendly beams thither: if they do, they mitigate the evil; and so much the more, if it be with reception.
When the Fortunes portend any good, if Saturn or Mars cast forward beams thither, without reception, it mightily hinders the good promised.
Confide not too much upon what a Fortune promiseth, unless he be either in essential dignities, or received by another Fortune: for else, he is like a man that would fain do thee good, but wants power.
Saturn and Mars peregrine, are malicious beyond measure: they are not so bad when they are in essential dignities; for then they are like noble enemies that have got their enemy in their hands, and scorn to hurt him.
If Saturn or Mars be in their houses or exaltations, and in angles, and promise any good, they bring it to pass.
In a Question, when Fortunes and Infortunes are equally weak and ill-seated, defer the judgement till the heavens are setter seated.
When a Planet promising any good in a Question, is either in combustion with, or opposition to the Sun, he never bringeth the good to pass.
Saturn and Mars in conjunction, if they promise good, it never comes to pass: but if they promise evil, it comes with more malice then was expected.