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17 June 2013 0 Comments

Learn Horary Astrology

Astrology has an ancient history and has been used for hundreds of years to assist people in making decisions regarding important life questions.

The Horary Astrology’ Diploma correspondence course contains the foundation principles for natal and modern astrology.
The Palmistry Diploma Correspondence Course shows how to read the hands. With the aid mobile phones images of the digital images of the hands can be sent from anywhere in the world.

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  • Work at your own pace from your own home
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  • Receive recognition (Diploma) for your time and effort

You’ll have all the support you need to successfully complete your course, including ongoing contact with your tutor Peter Burns throughout the duration of your studies.

Online Courses include:

9 important advantages
of studying with Ambrosia Academy of Astrology:

  • Your teacher, Peter Burns, is highly qualified, and has 30 years experience consulting and teaching predictive and natal astrology and palmistry.
  • Each astrology and palmistry course is thorough and detailed.
  • All required reading material is included within each course.
  • You receive personal guidance and assistance every step of the way.
  • Your questions are answered with care, respect and personal attention.
  • You can contact Peter Burns at any time with your concerns or questions.
  • Peter G Burns guarantees to provide you with all the care and assistance you need to become the best astrologer that you can be.
  • All graduates receive a Certificate signed personally by Peter Burns.
  • Graduates receive a 20% discount on further courses/products.

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7 March 2015 0 Comments

Horary astrology and the natal chart

ConfusedThe horary chart is a stand alone chart and we do not need to refer to the natal chart to find answers to questions.

This statement often triggers some interesting and animated responses.

One astrologer who has been practicing horary for decades claims that the natal chart needs to be referred to in order to obtain accurate answers to horary questions.

We often find that astrologers who refer to the natal chart also use the so-called ‘modern’ rulers of the zodiac signs. To read more about the connection between the use of the natal chart when answering horary questions and the use of modern rulers click here.

I have encountered astrologers who exclaim with a sense of wonder how amazing it is that some planets in the horary chart are aligned closely with planets in the querent’s natal chart. “What an extraordinary coincidence!” I heard one say.

However this coincidence only shows why the question is being asked in the first place. These coincidental alignments are the transits which triggered the horary question.

Not only is this coincidence not surprising, it is normal.

The querent is going through a challenging period and is prompted to ask the astrologer a question. This is normally a ‘should’ question: “Should I do this or do that?”

If you are unable to answer a horary without recourse to the natal chart you might need to brush up on your knowledge. Do some more study. The answer to the question is, in my experience, always there in the horary chart. If your astrology teacher suggests it’s necessary to refer to the natal chart perhaps it is time to change your teacher.

One of the big advantages of horary astrology when compared to natal astrology is that the horary chart is only about the question asked. Nothing else. There is no need to explore the many layers contained in the natal chart or to examine various derived charts, such as solar returns and secondary progressions.

If you want to save yourself time and find accurate and fast answers to questions, learn horary astrology.

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7 March 2015 0 Comments

Co-rulers = confusion

King henryThere are some astrologers who claim that they achieve the best results in horary when they also consult the natal chart.

In my experience it is very common to find that these same astrologers are using the outer planets (Uranus Neptune and Pluto) as rulers of the zodiac signs. This practice in part explains why they need to resort to the natal chart – they are unable to get accurate answers using the so-called ‘modern rulers’.

The use of the modern rulers shows that the fundamentals of astrology are not fully understood. Astrology does need to be studied in depth, with patience.

Stand alone

The horary chart is a stand alone chart and we do not need to refer to the natal chart to find answers to questions. Some astrologers exclaim with a sense of wonder how amazing it is that some planets in the horary chart are aligned with planets in the querent’s natal chart. To read more on this topic click here.

What is not working?

I usually ask astrologers who use Uranus Neptune or Pluto as rulers of Aquarius Pisces and Scorpio respectively: “What was deficient with the old ruler?” It usually turns out that they have a limited understanding of why the 7 visible cosmic bodies have rulership of the 12 signs of the zodiac; 1 each for the 2 lights and 2 each for the 5 visible planets. Without this knowledge they are unable to explain why the ancient rulers need replacing; and do not appreciate why it is even important to answer the question! It’s a classic case of ‘they don’t know what they don’t know’.


Some of these astrologers seek to walk the diplomatic line by suggesting that both the ancient and so-called ‘modern’ rulers can be used as rulers of the zodiac signs. However a ruler is akin to a king or queen. In real life few kings or queens would consent to sharing their power with another. Why should they? A ruler is a ruler, is regal, and is not really a ruler if power has to be shared.

Note that I am not referring to bodies such as the Moon which are sometimes referred to as a co-ruler of the querent. I am referring specifically to the term as it is applied to planetary rulership of the zodiac signs.

The implausible proposal that any monarch would choose to share regal power shows the ridiculousness of  using ‘co-rulers’. Can you imagine what King Henry VIII’s response would be to this proposal?

It’s a modern nonsense invented by well meaning people to accommodate their sense of democratic fairness. Hard to condemn such a fair minded attitude but it does betray a lack of understanding about the foundations of astrology.

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3 February 2015 0 Comments

The rules of horary astrology

Sometimes I encounter people saying that they should not have to follow the rules of horary astrology, that it’s OK to make up their own rules. However the so-called ‘rules’ of horary are not like something you have to follow or you will be punished, or something to rebel against.

The ‘rules’ of horary describe how it works. In a similar way we could provide instructions on how to drive a car and call it the ‘rules’ of driving a car. For example to increase spend press the accelerator pedal; to slow down press the brake pedal. You can rebel against this but the consequences might be terminal.

In relation to horary astrology perhaps we ought to replace the word ‘rules’ with something more palatable. The rules of astrology describe how horary works and how to interpret a chart to find an answer.

Perhaps astrology attracts people who for various reasons are in rebellion against society or convention. However I think it is a mistake to project personal issues onto astrology. Better to seek your therapy elsewhere.

And this conversation sometimes leads to the idea that everyone’s idea has validity, that we must respect any opinion as OK, that the planets signs and houses can mean anything.

No they don’t. Each planet sign and house has a specific meaning. The Sun for example cannot be said to represent darkness. It is the body which represents light, does not have a shadow side and casts no shadow.
Mars does not represent things soft and cuddly, unless modified by sign or other astrological features.
Venus, unless otherwise modified, cannot be said to represent things sharp and aggressive.
And so it is with the signs. Planets in Libra, unless otherwise modified, do not show an aggressive nature.

The planets signs and houses do have specific meanings as do the so-called ‘rules’ of horary astrology. Make up your own rules if you wish, but you are not practicing horary astrology.

If you want to use horary (and astrology in general) to find answers to specific questions then follow the instruction manual which is called the rules of horary astrology.

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11 November 2014 0 Comments

Planetary Aspects

Beginning students to the ancient art of astrology are often fascinated by aspects between planets. Once some keywords have been learnt about the planets there is an enjoyment in drawing aspect lines between planetary glyphs and identifying aspect patterns.

Unfortunately the learning of a few keywords does not provide an in-depth understanding of the planets. Consequently the delight experienced in the discovery of planetary pictures sometimes disguises a superficial knowledge.

For a deeper understanding of planetary aspects a knowledge of their affinity and disposition towards each other is required. And for this a knowledge of the essential dignities is indispensable, as well as a working knowledge of dispositions and receptions.

Once this knowledge has been acquired the various meanings which can be extracted from aspects include:

  • What people want from each other.
  • Whether people, as represented by the planets, have the ability to do what they want.
  • Whether people have the opportunity to act on their wishes.
  • If they actually get what they want.
  • What follows (consequences).

These meanings can be applied in the various streams of astrology: horary, electional, natal, and mundane.

I am now making available the Lesson 17 Aspect Meanings from my Horary Astrology Correspondence Course. While this lesson is intended for students beginning their astrological journey, it is assumed that Lesson 12 Essential Dignities, Lesson 15 Accidental Dignities and Lesson 16 Receptions have been understood. Students who have mastered these lessons are frequently much more advanced than many so-called professional astrologers.


4 November 2014 0 Comments

Changing places – astrological houses

Astrological Houses

Astrological HousesAstrological musical chairs


A common misunderstanding is that the people in our lives, represented by planets, can change places in the horoscope according to how we feel. The premise seems to be that feelings and sentimental stirrings determine how the horoscope is organised. A type of astrological ‘musical chairs’! The assumption seems to be that all everything revolves around their existence

But seriously the arrangement of the houses is not based on how we feel. Some may entertain this notion from a sentimental point of view but the horoscope is not a projection of our feelings. It’s about objective reality. The horoscope is not only about the person represented but also portrays their biological connections and place in surrounding world.

Where other people fit into the horoscope is determined by familial relationships and social roles, not by feelings. Biology and social place help define us. Once we start shifting people around because of how we feel our capacity to be objective is diminished. One common example is the parent-child relationship. Some parents endeavour to treat their children as friends, as equals, and in questions on astrology will assign their children to the 7th or 11th house. Relationships with adult children are sometimes treated the same way.

However our children are our children and our parents are our parents. This biological fact cannot change and neither do the planets which represent them in our horoscope. Try as we might to change these relationships in a behavioural context, the horoscope is unmoved.

We live in such a narcissistic age that many believe the horoscope will conform to their feelings. How ridiculous! The horoscope is not an extension of one’s feelings. Yes it can represent one’s feelings in certain ways but feelings do not determine which houses represent the people in one’s life. The reverse is true: it is the houses which represent the people in one’s life.

In astrology we don’t play musical chairs. The houses have set meanings and the people they represent do not slip slide around according to our whims and fancies.

Astrology deals with reality and once we start messing with planetary significators astrology starts to lose its validity.


I had a conversation recently with an astrologer who said she loved her dog as much as any mother loves her baby and therefore regarded questions about her dog as a 5th house matter. Needless to say she had no children of her own.

As you may know pets are represented by the 6th and the 5th house is reserved for babies. If this woman had ever given birth to a child any confusion she had on the matter would have evaporated instantly if her dog   attacked her baby. Whatever sentimental feelings we may have for a pet, it is still a pet.

Until humans start giving birth to pets the 5th house represents children and the 6th house represents pets. The person’s relationship with a pet may be incredibly loving, but that does not make it a human baby. Humans are humans and biological bonds run very deep.

Again the mistake in attributing pets to the 5th house is the premise that emotional ties determine house rulership. This is not good astrology.

Working relationships

I sometimes also encounter astrologers who see pets as a 7th house matter because they have a working relationship with the animal. Guide dogs, sheep dogs and ponies are sometimes included in this category.

However the 7th house is about equal relationships. The 6th house is about unequal relationships. If a pet is in a working relationship that is a 6th house matter. It is the human who is in charge, and it is the pet which is providing services for the human. The same applies when we contract a sub-contractor or employ someone: that person is represented by the 6th house.
Just because we have a relationship with someone or a pet that does not automatically make it a 7th house matter. It depends on the nature of the relationship, not how much we love the pet.
We can’t assume that because the 7th house covers our romantic relationships that it covers all relationships. There are many different types of relationships and just because the word relationship is used does not mean we can equate it with a romantic human relationship.

We have business and other relationships which belong in the 7th house. These can be adversarial or cooperative, but what they have in common is that the two people are roughly on an equal footing. Pets are never on an equal footing with humans, no matter how sentimental about the pet we may be.

Further learning

Below I have listed the lessons from my correspondence course which I have recently made available for purchase. These are suitable for beginning students and those at an intermediate level who wish to refresh and update their astrological knowledge.

Lesson 4: Understanding the houses
Lesson 5: House meanings 1-6
Lesson 6: House meanings 7-12
Lesson 6B: How the identify significators
Lesson 6C: Method for derived houses

14 October 2014 0 Comments

How to Find Significators

Astrological SignificatorsThis lesson from the the Horary Astrology Correspondence Course, describes how to identify the correct astrological significator.
A significator is the planet which represents the subject of an astrological question or inquiry.
The houses of the horoscope describe every aspect of human existence and they are ruled by  astrological significators.
In horary astrology and most matters in natal astrology identifying the significator and assessing its condition is of utmost importance.

All successful astrological interpretation is based upon the ability to correctly identity the significator of the subject of inquiry.

To correctly identify the significator is is essential to have a thorough understanding of the correct meaning of the houses of the horoscope. It is from this basis that all successful interpretation is based.

As with each of the other lessons there are assignment questions included at the end to test your understanding. If you email your answers to Peter Burns he will send a commentary free of charge.

To purchase this lesson click here.

Horary astrology Lesson 4: The Houses and Horoscope Structure
Horary Astrology Lesson 5: Houses 1-6
Horary Astrology Lesson 6: Houses 7-12.
Horary Astrology Lesson 6C: Understanding Derived Houses

13 October 2014 0 Comments

Peter Burns interview by Linda Marson

Peter BurnsTo view this interview of Peter Burns by Linda Marson from Global Spiritual Studies click here.

Peter Burns teaches astrology  and palmistry

Horary Astrology Correspondence Course

Horary astrology Lesson 4: The Houses and Horoscope Structure
Horary Astrology Lesson 5: Houses 1-6
Horary Astrology Lesson 6: Houses 7-12.
Horary Astrology Lesson 6C: Understanding Derived Houses

9 October 2014 0 Comments

Derived Houses

Lesson 6C Derived HousesThis is Lesson 6C from the Horary Astrology Correspondence Course.

Derived houses, alternatively called ‘turned’ or ‘rotated’ houses, are used in both horary and natal astrology. A derived house has a special relationship to something or someone in the client’s life. The use of derived houses enables us to identify the planetary significator of almost anything or anyone.

To purchase lesson click here

As with each of the other lessons there are assignment questions included at the end to test your understanding. If you email your answers to Peter Burns he will send a commentary free of charge.

Horary astrology Lesson 4: The Houses and Horoscope Structure
Horary Astrology Lesson 5: Houses 1-6
Horary Astrology Lesson 6: Houses 7-12.
Horary Astrology Lesson 6B: How to Identify Significators

 Horary Astrology Correspondence Course

8 October 2014 0 Comments

Lunar Eclipse October 8

Lunar Eclipse in Aries Oc 8 2014tEclipses are a fascination for many people. Their supposed power is the stuff of legends. In order understand their astrological importance we need to get the basics right.

Eclipses occur at lunations (new and full moons) and are often trigger points for events.
At a lunar eclipse whatever is represented by the Moon is also eclipsed. Blocked out. Among other things, the Moon represents our emotional responses.

When the Moon is eclipsed the bright light of the rational mind, represented by the Sun, burns away our emotional fantasies. Reason dominates. At the moment there is a lot of internet talk about the supposed effects of the April 15 2014 Libran Moon, but in reality it is the Aries Sun which dominates, not the Moon.
In this case the Sun is in Libra. So how is the Sun in Libra? In its detriment, not able to provide decisive leadership.

The Sun is ruled by Venus in Libra, in its rulership but still blinded by the Sun.

The Sun-Moon/Uranus opposition sits at the midpoint of the impending Mars-Jupiter trine. Mars in Sagittarius rules the high moral ground where warlike adventurism is rationalized.

The Moon is conjunct Uranus with less than a degree of separation. Uranus has a splintering effect. It is the planet of breakaway, revolution, independence, terror and volatility. While the Moon’s light is obscured the harsh Uranian energies are directly opposed to the Sun. While the Sun in Libra conjoining Venus is known for diplomacy, it is difficult to picture diplomatic solutions to the volatile in the Middle East at this time. With 4 cosmic bodies in fire signs and all in aspect, the situation could become rather inflammatory.

In Bagdad at the time of the eclipse Saturn sits on the Midheaven (10th house cusp). It is a very serious time.

In Washington the eclipse chart has the Sun-Moon opposition very close to the ascendant axis (1st house and 7th house) with Pluto on the 4th house cusp (the IC).  A glance at the US Sibley chart shows that the Sun-Moon opposition of the eclipse chart squares the US Sun and the Midheaven of the eclipse chart conjoins the US Sun.

There are too many factors to cover in this short analysis but altogether the situation looks volatile.

Lesson: Understanding the houses

6 October 2014 0 Comments

Astrological House Meanings 7-12

Lesson 6 Houses 7-12In this lesson from the Horary Astrology Correspondence Course: Astrological House Meanings 7-12, the meaning of each of the second set of 6 houses of the horoscope, those above the horizon, are described.

These meanings can be applied to natal or horary astrology. It is very important to understand the correct meanings of the houses. In modern astrology the meanings of the houses has drifted and the result is that many astrologers have not had the opportunity to reach a clear understanding.

In this lesson the correct meaning are clarified and provide a strong foundation for accurate interpretation of natal and horary  horoscopes.

To purchase this lesson click here.

As with each of the other lessons there are assignment questions included at the end to test your understanding. If you email your answers to Peter Burns he will send a commentary free of charge.

Lesson 4: Understanding the Houses
 Lesson 5: House Meanings 1-6
  Lesson 6B: How to Identify Significators
 Lesson 6C: Understanding Derived Houses