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17 June 2013 0 Comments

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

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27 June 2016 0 Comments

8th house misunderstandings

Not shared resources or intimacy or sex

Some astrologers, generally those who follow the flawed ABC system of astrology (house = sign = planet), associate the 8th house with shared resources. However the 8th house represents the partner’s resources, not shared resources.

If the partner shares his/her resources with you then they are shared resources. Following the same logic if you share your resources with your partner, then we could say the second house represents shared resources. And again the same logic would suggest that if your sister shares her resources with you the 4th house (2nd from the 3rd house) would also represent shared resources. But really none of these examples, including that of the 7th house, represents shared resources per se.

In natal and horary astrology  the 2nd house represents the native’s or the querent’s resources, and the 7th house represents the partner’s resources, or the resources of some other person.

One astrologer justified the using the 8th house to represent shared resources by saying that 1 + 7 = 8.

However this logic reveals a basic misunderstanding about the structure of the houses. The houses are numbered in an anti-clockwise direction to show the order of the diurnal movement of the planets across the ascendant.

Planets in the 1st house rise first across the ascendant; planets in the 2nd house rise second above the ascendant; and so on. It does not make sense to combine the house in which planets rise first across the ascendant with planets that rise seventh across the ascendant and therefore conclude that the house where planets rise eighth across the ascendant shows shared resources.

Some beginning astrologers assume that the numbering of the houses 1-12 represents the natural flow of life. Unfortunately Howard Sasportas in his book The 12 Houses popularised the idea that the 1-12 house sequence represents a natural psychological flow which dovetails with chronological development. However if this is true how is it that the 5th house of children comes before the 7th house of relationships, or the 8th house of death comes before the 10th house of profession? It simply does not make sense. If astrological interpretations conflict with the foundation principles of astrology they need to be discarded.

The 7th house does not rule shared resources.

Followers of the flawed ABC system of astrology who associate Scorpio with the 8th house and suggest that the 8th house therefore represents intimacy. This is not correct. The 8th house is not naturally associated with Scorpio (or Pluto). The 8th house does not represent intimacy.

Neither does the 8th house represent the mysteries of the creation of life as one astrologer claimed on another Facebook site. While death itself can seem mysterious, to understand the mysteries concerning the creation of life we need to look to the 9th house, the house of higher knowledge. It is here that the Sun, the ancient symbol of divinity, has its joy.

28 April 2016 0 Comments

Mercury retrograde

This article is adapted from a similar article published in November 2012.

As we approach the coming Mercury retrograde period (Apr 29 – May 23 2016) we are likely to see astrologers from Mercury retrogradedifferent persuasions offer apparently wise advice and warnings about mix-ups in communication, delays in transport and the like. But is this really good astrology?

Ignoring for the moment the fact that there are always communication mix-ups and delays, sound astrological practice says that a Mercury retrograde period will only affect those whose charts indicate that they are predisposed to having communication mix-ups and delays during that period.

Is everyone susceptible to the pitfalls of Mercury retrograde? It will depend a lot on the natal condition of Mercury, whether it is direct or retrograde, the condition of the 3rd house ruler and its relationship with other planets, the Moon’s relationship with Mercury and other factors. And some people are more susceptible at certain times in their life and for this we need to consider progressions etc.. Transits alone may not do the job.

If it were true that these retrograde periods affect everyone all at the same time then our lives would be simpler and much more predictable. But people’s lives are not so easy to predict. Although we hardly need astrological validation to demonstrate our individual uniqueness, the study of individual horoscopes makes it obvious.

Communication mix-ups are more the norm than the exception. It is clarity and mutual understanding that is more remarkable.

There is an expectation among some astrologers that mix-ups and delays will be especially prevalent when Mercury is retrograde. But how often do mix-ups and delays occur outside this period? It is important to objectively reference expectations against the real world.

It is easy to copy and paste the same astrological advice for every Mercury retrograde period. It is the stuffing of countless astro sites.

If everyone in the world resonated predictably to planetary transits, independent of their own chart, astrology would rule science. But it is not true, certainly not on an individual level. It makes more sense that retrograde periods affect us on the mundane collective level, but even at this level it takes a skilled practitioner to predict the where and when.

Offering apparently wise astrological counsel to a group of unrelated individuals about the pitfalls of Mercury retrograde without reference to individual charts or the context of the bigger picture is not good practice in my opinion.

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8 May 2015 0 Comments

Confusions about derived houses Part 2

In Part 1 spoke about the using derived houses for a related series, such as the 3rd house from the 3rd house to identify 2 brothers on a chart. Each brother is related to the other. I also spoke about the stupidity of applying this principle to an unrelated series. An example of the latter would be identifying the 2nd husband. He is not represented by the ruler of the 7th house from the 7th house. In other words he is not the husband of the 1st husband.

So how do we identify the 2nd or 3rd spouse?

First let’s go back to basics. Everyone we encounter in this world is shown by a planet in the natal chart. We project the various planetary qualities shown in our natal chart onto the people we meet. At the time of the encounter these projections often coincide and reflect the qualities of planets transiting the natal chart.

In regards to finding the planetary representatives of a spouse, particularly when there have been several, the default is usually the ruler of the 7th house, which I will call ‘Lord 7’.

It seems that the majority of the population, at least those whose have had a number of long-term partners, tend to partner with the same type person over and over again. Different person, similar package.

It’s a sad testament to the incapacity to learn from experience. In many cases the astrologer can do no better than to declare that partner or spouse number 3 or 4 is represented by Lord 7.

As mentioned above it is a fundamental mistake to use the ruler of the 7th house from the 7th house to represent the 2nd spouse. Moreover the 7th from the 7th is the first, which is the same as saying you have married yourself. Very silly.

However there are other solutions.

Derived houses article part 2One is to look at planets within the 7th house, if there are any. Very often the one closest to the 7th house represents the 2nd spouse. Its sign placement and general condition will describe the spouse.

When searching for a planetary representative of a 3rd spouse a similar logic can be followed. The 2nd planet in the 7th house, moving in an anti-clockwise direction from the 7th house cusp, often describes the 3rd spouse. However it is important that this planet be in the same sign as the sign on the cusp of the 7th house.

In Miriam’s case (see chart above), her 1st husband owned a factory and did very well until he was killed in a freak accident. He is represented by Lord 7: Saturn in the sign of its rulership, Capricorn.
Her 2nd husband was a property developer who proved to be a womaniser and a great disappointment. He is represented by Jupiter, in the sign of its fall, close to the 7th cusp. She eventually divorced him.
Her 3rd husband runs a printing business in which she now plays a major role. He is represented by Mars in Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation.

This same principle can be applied to other unrelated series, such as the 2nd or 3rd CEO, the 2nd 3rd or 4th child and so on.

In Part 3 I will look at a 3rd option for identifying a 2nd or 3rd spouse.

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3 May 2015 0 Comments

Confusions about derived houses Part 1

There is a lot of confusion about how to identify the planet representing someone or something belonging to a series. Examples include:

  • The 2nd husband,
  • 3rd property on offer for purchase,
  • 2nd in a choice between 2 schools, and
  • the 3rd sibling.

One theory concerns derived houses. However in order to explain derived houses it is necessary to understand the astrological convention for counting the houses.

Counting the houses

We count the house we are starting with as house number 1 and count in an anti-clockwise direction.
Derived HousesExample 1
Identifying which house represents the sister-in-law. The 3rd house represents siblings. The 7th represents the spouse. Therefore the 3rd house from the 7th house represents the spouse’s sister (sister-in-law).
Count 1 for the 7th house, count 2 for the 8th house, and 3 for the 9th house. The 9th represents the sister-in-law.
Example 2

A client asks “Where is my child’s bicycle?”. Their child is the 5th house, and the bicycle is the 2nd from the 5th. Count 1 for the 5th house and 2 for the 6th house. This is the radical 6th house. The ruler of the 6th house represents the child’s bicycle.

Derived houses

These are 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.

Generally the meanings of the houses are considered relative to the 1st house, which represents the client. The principle of derived houses takes these meanings and applies them to the house representing whatever is asked about. The house which represents the person or thing asked about is counted as number 1 and the meaning of all the other houses are considered relative to this house.

Siblings – The classic case

The concept of the 3rd from the 3rd is based on the idea of siblings where sibling 1 is Lord 3, sibling 2 is the 3rd from the 3rd house = the 5th house, sibling 3 is the 3rd from the 5th house = the 7th house; and so on. This makes sense because each sibling is a sibling of the other.

However some astrologers have made the mistake of extrapolating to people or things belonging to a series where successive person or thing is unrelated to the previous person or thing.
For example if you went to 2 primary schools the 1st would be represented by the ruler of the 3rd house but the second would not be represented by the 3rd from the 3rd house. The 2nd school is not the school of the previous school. It doesn’t make sense.

Neither can we extrapolate this principle to children. Your second child is not represented by the 5th house from the 5th house. It does not make sense that the 2nd child is the child of the 1st child. Unless of course you partnered with your first child to have another child, which is exceptionally rare and considered morally reprehensible in modern society.

Neither can we apply the this principle of derived houses in a related series to determine which planet represents a specific spouse. Example questions include:

  • Which house represents my 2nd wife?
  • Which house represents my 3rd husband?

In the first example the 2nd wife cannot be represented by the 7th house from the 7th house because she is not the wife of the first wife. She is not related to the 1st wife as a wife. In does not make sense and does not reflect reality.

I will cover how to identify the ruler of people or things in an unrelated series in a future post.

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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