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Introduction to the
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in the Key of Solomon
Marsilio Ficino: Magic, Astrology
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Elections with Planetary Hours
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TOPGenerally there are two methods that are used to determine significators in traditional horary and electional questions. The primary method is to look to the house rulers that relate to the question at hand. This method provides an incredible amount of detailed information because of the complexity presented by the interaction of the seven planets and the twelve houses. The twelve houses can signify all possible relationships, e.g. husband-wife, owner-personal property, and even complex relationships among various people and things, e.g. husband's legal opponent's funds, husband, opponent, opponent's lawyer, etc. Through their house rulerships, placements and aspects, the planets signify the present, as well as past and future conditions of whatever persons or things the querent wishes to know about. Further complexity is added by the rapid movement of the ascendant putting the significators under our primary method in constant flux.
TOPWhile at least peripherally aware of the use of planetary hours as significators traditional horary astrologers have tend to think of the planetary hours primarily as a means of gauging whether or not a horary chart can be used to answer a question. Thus horary astrologers compare the hour ruler and ascendant sign and ruler and look for sympathy between them. Lilly states that a horary chart is radical or fit to be judged if the Lord of the Hour and ascendant ruler are the same planet, or if the Lord of the Hour rules the triplicity that the ascendant sign belongs to, or if the Hour ruler and ascendant ruler have the same nature, e.g. hot and wet or cold and dry. William Lilly, Christian Astrology, p.121. This method of determining radicality ensures that there is harmony between the ascendant ruler, which represents the question (and querent), and the Lord of the hour, which represents the time that the question was asked.
TOPThe planetary hour ruler is integrated into the primary method as a significator in a number of different horary situations. Lilly uses the hour ruler in questions regarding pregnancy, the timing of conception and birth, the sex of the unborn child and whether or not it will live. William Lilly, Christian Astrology, pp. 228, 231-2. In an interesting variation on this last use of the hour ruler Lilly notes that if a strong planet is in the ascendant and it is both ruler of the 8th house and hour ruler then this portends death. William Lilly, Christian Astrology , p. 257.
TOPAnother method of determining traditional astrological significators, generally considered secondary, is to look to the natural planetary rulers of the matter in question. Thus in a questions involving a judge we would look to Jupiter as the natural planetary ruler of judges. William Lilly, Christian Astrology , p. 63. This is a much less complex method. The significators never vary, Jupiter always signifies judges; significators and their interrelationships are not dependent on house rulership. Still, the simpler and less accurate method of natural rulership is often used along side the primary method. Hour rulers are also used in analogous ways and their use as natural planetary rulers is particularly prevalent in electional astrology. Thus we would elect a day and an hour ruled by a planet that also naturally rules or will assist us in the activity that we wish to undertake.
TOPMany of our sources use the hour rulers for electing a time for journeys and voyages. John Partridge says "...let no Ship set sail in the hour of Saturn and Mars...let them begin to Sail in Hora Jovis vel Veneris..." John Partridge, Mikropanastron [London, 1679] Issaquah, WA: JustUs&Assoc., 1995, pp. 263-4. Yet another specialized journey election using the hour rulers is selecting the time for a physician to set out to see a patient. Lilly says,
That Physician that first visits his Patient in the houre of Saturn, his patient will either be long sick, or long curing, and suffers much torment in his cure; nor shall be cured, untill both Physician and Patient despaired. He that first enters upon a cure in the hour of Mars, shall find his patient disaffected to him, and partly disdaine or reject his Medicines, his pains ill rewarded, and his person slighted. He that first visits his Patient in the hour of Jupiter or Venus, shall have good words of the sick, be well esteemed and paid for his paines. Though he faile of the cure he shall receive no prejudice thereby; I meane, in point of estimation.William Lilly, Christian Astrology, p. 282.