The Doctrine of Horary Questions by John Gadbury (1658)

This is brief, succinct, section or Gadbury’s directions and aphorisms for horary astrology. John Gadbury had a unique style and was Lilly’s greatest rival.

When a Figure is Radical, and fit to be judged.

The Astrologer before he adventureth to judge a Question, ought first to consider, whether it be proper and fit to be judged: For many times, Persons propounds impertinent Questions, with an intention to disgrace Art; in doing which, they do nothing but create shame to themselves. Then, the Artist shall sometimes meet with Persons that know not how to propound their desires aright, it’s an Argument when such Queries are made, that (although they may be asked with a good intent, yet) they are not ripe for a resolve; and the Astrologer in such Cases ought to defer judgement until another time.

Now, for the discovery of the knavery of the one, and the unfitness or unpreparedness of the other, you may observe these following Rules and Aphorisms—viz.

1. When the Sign Ascending, and Planet in the Ascendant, &c. shall describe the person of the Querent exactly, you may conclude that figure Radical, and the Question propounded fit to be judged.

2. When either the very beginning of a Sign ascends, or the very later end thereof, it is not safe to give judgement; for the Querent hath been tampering with others about the business propounded, or else the Question is forged, and therefore not fit to be answered.

3. When the Moon voyd of Course, or in Via Combusta, the Combust way; All Matters or businesses propounded, go unluckily on: therefore the Astrologer ought to understand the Matter propounded perfectly, or else he will give but poor content to the Querent therein.

4. If the Moon go to a square or opposition of the Lord of the 7th; or the Lord of the Ascendant afflict him so; the Artist may conclude his Querent a knave, for he then cometh to abuse him.

5. If the 7th House be hindered, or his Lord be Retrograde, Combust, or otherways afflicted, let not the Astrologer judge any thing: for by how much the more he shall adventure to judge at such a time, by so much the more shall be disgrace himself, and disparage the Art he professeth. And that’s the meaning of Ptolomie’s words Quantis in erroribus versatur Astrologin cum locus septimus ac ejus Dominus afflicti erunt. Centilog. Aphor. 14.

6. When Saturn is Ascendant of a Question, and infortunate, the Matter propounded is either false and without ground, or else tis past all hope: And if at the same, the Lord of the Ascendant be Combust or Retrograde, the Querent is either a knave or a fool.

7. When the testimonies in your Figure are equal, the Matter propounded ought not to be judged; for the Artist knows not which way the balance may yield, wherefore he ought to defer judgment, until a more convenient time.

8. Some Astrologers hold the Question to be Radical, when the Lord of the Ascendant, and Lord of the hour, are of one nature and Triplicity; which is easily known: suppose

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