William Lilly's "Aphorisms and
Considerations for Better Judging any Horary Question"
The following is taken, verbatim
from Lilly's Christian Astrology, pages 298 ff. I have preserved the
original spellings (and misspellings) found in the original.
- See the Question be radicall,
or fit to be judged; whic is, when the Lord of the Ascendant and hour be of
one nature or Triplicity.
- Be not confident of the Judgment
if either the 1st degrees or later of any Signe be ascending; if the later
degrees arise, the matter of the Question is elapsed, and it's probable the
Querent hath been tampering with others, or despaires of any successe; however,
the Heavens advise you not to meddle with it at that time.
- The position of Saturn or Mars
in the 10th, and they perefrine or unfortunate, or the South Node in that
house, the Artist hardly get credit by that Question.
- Judge not upon every slight motion,
or without premeditation of the Querent, nor upon slight and triviall Questions,
or when the Querent hath not with to know what he would demand.
- Have speciall regard to the strength
and debility of the Moon, and it's farre better the Lord of the Ascendant
be unfortunate then she, for she brings unto us the strength and vertue of
all the other Planets, and of one Planet to another.
- Behold the condition of Saturn
in every Question, he is naturally ill by his excesse of cold; Mars is of
ill influence, because of his too much heat: in very truth, niether of them
is cold or dry, but signifie so much in their vertue and operation, and therefore
in all Questions they shew tardity and detriment in the Question, unlesse
the Moon and they receive each other in the Signification.
- See the condition of Jupiter and
Venus be observed, who naturally are Fortunes and temperate, and never import
any malice, unlesse by accident: where they are Significators without reception,
they put forward the matter, but they best preforme the matter in question
when they apply by Trine or Sextile, and to purpose when in Essentiall Dignities.
- In every Question where Fortunes
are Significators, hope well; but in Infortunes, then fear the worst, and
accordingly order your business.
- Generally consider the state
of hte Moon, for if she be void of course there's no great hopes of the Question
propounded, that it shall be effected; yet if she be in Cancer, Taurus, Sagittarius
or Pisces, your fear may be lesse, for then she is not much impedited by being
voyd of course.
- See from what Planet the Moon
is separated, that Planet shewes what has already been done: if from a Fortune
good; if from a malevolent, ill; according to the nature of the house, &c.
- The Application of the Moon shewes
the present condition of the thing demanded, viz. her applying by a good aspect,
and in a good house, to a good Planet, intimates the strong hopes of the thing
- The Application of the Moon to
a Planet in his Fall, signifies anguish, trouble and delayes in the thing
- A Retrograde Planet, or one in
his first station, Significator in Question, denotes ill in the Question,
discord and much contradiction.
- We ought wairly to consider if
evill Planets be Significators in any thing, for if they predict evill in
the thing questited, the vengence is more heavy; if they foretell of any good,
it's lesse then what it expected, it's imperfect, and nothing therein comes,
without infinite solicitation and affliction, &c.
- A Planet that is slow in motion,
prolongs the thing questited after, so that it's hardly performed; the nautre
of the Signe wherein the Planet is, doth herein much advantage the judgment.
- When Infortunes are Significators
of any evill, doe you well consider if the Fortunes, viz. Jupiter of Venus,
cast not any aspect unto them, then the evill intended formerly is lessened;
doe so when the Fortunes are Significators.
- If the Fortunes signifie any thing,
and are cadent, or ill placed in Dignities, or behold not the Ascendant, or
are Retrograde, then are they impedited, and shall performe little, if not
- Notwithstanding Reception, if
he be an Infortune, he performes but little; but if the same happen when the
Fortuntes are Significators, the thing is perfected.
- A Planet Peregrine, viz. having
no essentiall Dignities where he is, he is malicious beyond expression; if
he be in essentiall Dignities, the lesse; for then he is like a noble soule
that hath his enemy in his clutches, but scornes to hurt him.
- And yet generally, if Saturn or
Mars be in House, Exaltation, Triplicity and Angles, and then have Signification
in a Question, they performe the thing desired.
- Confide not too much in the assistance
a Fortune lends, unlesse he be in essential Dignities; for then he performes
matters wholly, else but by halves.
- When in a Question wherein both
the Fortunes and Infortunes are either weak or equally ill places, promise
no success upon that demand; deferre the Judgment untill the Heavens have
a better Position.
- Beware in all Judgments, when
the Significator of the question is either Comust, or in Opposition to the
Sun, he will then signifie nothing of the matter, no good, nor is be able
to bring anything to perfection.
- One Infortune joyned to another,
if good be signified by their aspect, yet will it have no effect, or come
to any thing: If they signifie evill, it's probably that it may fall out with
more malice then expected.
- The Lord of the Ascendant out
of his essentiall Dignities, Cadent, &c., shewes the Querent is out of all
hopes in his businesse.
- A Planet within 12 degrees of
the Sun, is said to be under his Beames, and then hath not fortitude, let
it be in what Signe it will; when a Planet is within 16 minutes of the Sun,
he is said to be in Cazimi, or heat of the Sun, and then it's an addition
of fortune, and he is wonderous strong.
- See to what Planet the Significator
commits his disposition, and if Orientall or Occidentall; if it be to Saturn,
Jupiter or Mars, and they Orientall, the matter is sooner performed; later,
if Occidentall, doe the contrary in Venus and Mercury.
- Observe if the Planet that is
Significator of the thing desired, be in a fixed Signe, moveable, or common:
fixed Signes shew stability, and that the thing shall continue, whether it
be begun, or is to be begun: common Signes shew the oft probability of perfecting
the thing, and yet not its conclusion: moveable Signes shew a sudden resolution
or conclusion of the matter one way or other. From hence we being Foundations
of Houses and Townes when Significators are fixed; short Journey when they
are moveable: but in things wherein we define mediocrity, we elect common
- The Lord of the Ascendant or the
Moon with the Head or Taile, of the Dragon, brings damage to the Question
propouned; see in what house they are in, and receive signification from thence.
- Look whether the degree of the
Ascendant, or place of the Signe the Significator is in, be the then place
of any Eclipse at hand; though the matter propounded be in a faire way to
be concluded, yet shall it insesibly receive prejudice when least is expected,
and hardly be concluded.
- If you find the Moon impedited
in any Question, be it what it will, there will be the like stay, demur or
hinderance in the thing quesited; and indeed there's seldom good end comes
fo the Question where the Moon is impedited; if it be in going to Warre, you
may feare the life of the Querent; if in a Journey, ill successe, if Marriage,
an ill end of Wooing, &c.
- If the Lord of the question or
the Moon be in a Signe opposite to his owne house, as Mercury in Sagittarius
or Pisces, &c., the Querent hath no good hopes of his demands, he despairs,
nor doth he delight in it, nor doth he care whether it can be performed or
- Consider diligently the Planet
impediting the Signifier of the thing demanded, and what house he is either
Lord of, or is posited in; from the nature or person of that house require
the cause obstructing.
- The neerer your Significator is
to an Angle, the more good you may expect; lesse, if placed in a Succeedant
house; little if in a Cadent.
- In all Questions, know there's
not so great an affliction to the Moon, as when she is in Conjunction with
the SUN; the ill aspects fo the infortunes doth much afflict her, but none
so powerfull as her Combustion.
- In any Question, see if an Infortune
aspect your Significator, and whether they be both Peregrine, Retrograde,
Cadent, or in Signes contrary to their owne nature, it may then be doubted
they inferre such a mischiefe in the question, as is inevitable, according
to naturall causes.
- Planets that are Significators
in any thing, if they are in Conjunction, and in a Signe agreeing to their
owne nature, then the thing quesited after is brought to perfection with much
ease and facility, else not.
- Have special regard tot he Significators,
and whether any frustration or prohibition be before the perfect aspect: the
Planet frustrating describes the party or cause hindering the matter demanded.
- Ever consider the Part of Fortune,
which if well dignified in any house, the Querent gets by men, or things denoted
by that house; and so, if ill dignified, damage from thence.
- In questions of Marriage, an unfortunate
Planet in the 7th threatens ill agreement in Marriage, unlesse the same Planet
be a Significator at the Birth.
- If the Lord of the 8th be impedited
or unfortunate in the 8th, the Querent shall receive prejudice by the death
of some woman, or concerning some debts due unto him from men deceased.
- In what house you find Jupiter
and Venus well dignified, you may expect benefit from such men and things
as are Signified by that house; as if in the 3rd, from Kindred; in the 4th,
from Father, or by Lands, &c. in the 5th by Play, &c. and so in other houses.
- Beware of men and things appertaining
to that house wherein South Node is in; it seldome failes, but the Querent
shall receive damage, scandall or slander from men and matter signified by
the house he is in.