Lost an item? Find out where it is using horary astrology!
Lost and Found
Before locating missing objects, you first have to define what is lost, and figure out which house best represents that item. People, for instance, are defined by their relationships to you. A sibling would be represented by the 3rd house. The querent’s mother by the 10th house, and, perhaps Venus in a day chart, Luna in a night chart. A son or daughter would be represented by the 5th. And so on. (The 7th house rules other people in general.)
Asking the Question
We have to use derivative houses in Lost & Found charts. For instance, “Where is my manuscript?” might use the 3rd house to represent the lost manuscript. “Where is Susan’s manuscript?”, on the other hand, would use the 9th (i.e. the 3rd of the 7th). And if Susan is explicitly referred to as a friend–“Where is my friend Susan’s manuscript?”–you might even place Susan in the 11th, making the radical 1st house the ruler of the manuscript (the 3rd of the 11th). All this chart turning becomes very easy once you’ve done it a few times.
In addition to the ruler of the house in question, the Moon is, according to Lilly, also a signifier of whatever is lost, and of all strayed beasts.
Lilly says that if you cast a chart for a missing person who is a complete stranger, you should use the first house to represent him. Some astrologers look at both the 1st and the 7th, and pick the house that better describes the querent (more on physical description in a later lesson). Generally, traditional horary astrologers discern physical descriptions by looking at the sign on the cusp, the ruling planet, and the ruler’s dispositor, by term.
2nd house generally rules possessions. Questions about lost wallets, keys, jewelry, and so forth are 2nd house questions.
Vehicles are are 3rd house objects.
Confusingly, Lilly also assigns “things mislaid” to the 4th house.
- If the signifier or Moon of the thing lost is oriental, or in the Ascendant, the object is East; occidental, and, west.
- If the signifier or Moon is in human signs, it is in a place people frequent; if it is in “signs of small beasts,” it is where you might find small animals. And so on.
- If the Moon is in fiery signs, it is near heat or fire, someplace warm and dry. If it is in a watery sign, it is someplace cold and damp,or near water. And so on.
- If the Moon is with the Ascendant ruler, in the same quarter of the chart, and there is no more than 30° between them, the object is in the querent’s home. If they are between 30° and 70°, the object is somewhere in the neighborhood or town of the querent. If they are not in the same quadrant, the thing is far from the owner.
Here are some general rules for the location of a signifier by mode and house.
Modes and Locations
|Cardinal||high places, rooftops, near ceilings, hills, new buildings, freshly-dug ground|
|Fixed||Hidden areas, low places, in walls, near floors, flat land.|
|Mutable||In the house, or if outside, watery or marshy places, ditches, markets.|
Houses and Locations
|Angular||Where it should be; in the home; where the querent spends a lot of time; in a visible place|
|Succedent||Not in its usual place, but not far away; harder to find; maybe out of doors, in a garage or outbuilding, or in the yard.|
|Cadent||Farther away;hidden from view; lost; near a neighbor (if in the 3rd); secret places|
Elements and Locations
|Air||High places; upstairs, upper floors; on shelves; on the roof; near the ceiling; near windows. WEST|
|Fire||Mid-upper areas; near fireplaces, chimneys, stoves and ovens;near warm dry places; sources of heat;near walls; near iron; EAST|
|Water||Low places; damp areas; near water; bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms; near water lines;rivers, lakes,oceans;NORTH|
|Earth||At/below ground level; close to the floor; near the earth; quarries; gardens; buried; near a bridge; near pavement, clay, cement; SOUTH|