When will the delivery arrive?

Background: I was expecting a large UPS delivery of perishables on Monday, February 1st. The huge winter storm the day before had created delays throughout the UPS system, and the package wasn’t delivered. Then, a second full day came and went. At this point, there was a real chance that I wouldn’t get the delivery […]

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When will I conceive?

The Querent (K.) writes:  We have been trying to have a baby for a while and it doesn’t seem to be happening. I have been to the doctor and they say both of us are fine. I have had a miscarriage also. Is there something doctors aren’t seeing? Can you please tell me when it’ll […]

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“Spear-bearing” in Amelia Earhart’s nativity

What is “doryphory” or “spear-bearing”? In discussing natal testimonies to fame and honors, Ptolemy in his Tetrabiblos introduces an important relationship between the Luminaries and the other planets called “doryphory” or “spear-bearing”. Planets in doryphory act as heralds, assistants and guards to the Sun or the Moon. Indeed, the original Greek word comes from military […]

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Will my marriage survive?

The querent (U.P.) writes: I married my wife (S.) in late 2008, but our relationship began to deteriorate visibly seven months after the birth of their first child in October 2009. I fear that a break-up is on the horizon. Question: Will my marriage survive? December 31, 2010 5:26 PM EST +5:00 Long Beach, NY            […]

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Would I be happier in Austin?

The querent (S.K.B.) writes: In 2008 I consulted a relocation astrologer who said I should move to Perth, (west) Australia and if I couldn’t do that I should move to Lubbock Texas or anywhere along that longitude to have a better life. He said moving to Austin, TX was okay. Given that my whole life I […]

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New Article in “The Tradition”

My horary teacher Sue Ward generously invited my contribution to the Issue 4 of The Tradition: Journal of Western Predictive Astrology. My article is entitled “Fit to be Judged: The Necessity of the Considerations before Judgement.” You can find The Tradition here, along with links both to Ms. Ward’s terrific website and to the high […]

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Will they honor the settlement?

The outcome of a question doesn’t always depend on the significators being strong in essential dignities. If it matters more that the main players in a question can actually do something, and less that they are “good” (adjusted for context), then we hope to see strong accidental dignities (house strength, speed, incombustion, and especially angularity). […]

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William Lilly on the Essential Dignities

In Christian Astrology pp. 101 – 103, William Lilly surveys the five essential dignities – house rulership, exaltation, triplicity, term and face –, interpreting them by analogy to social status and individual character. House (i.e., sign) rulership signifies a person who is fully in charge of their affairs, well-established and prosperous; or, more simply, someone who […]

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Applying dignity in judgment

Essential dignity allows us to asses the quality, value and strength of signifiers, in varying degrees and relative to one another. On the most material level, it can show physical strength (as in a decumbiture chart) or the condition of an object. Depending on the frame of reference, it can symbolize degrees of rank, status, […]

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Essential and Accidental Dignity

In traditional astrology, the term dignity identifies a wide variety of factors that contribute to the strength and quality of a planet’s action. Dignity suggests status, honor, autonomy, integrity, strength and worth. It shows power (quantity) and value (quality), both of which must be evaluated in order to reach a complete judgment. Essential dignity describes […]

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