The first point for consideration in all horary questions is to determine whether or not an event inquired of will transpire and if not, the reason for its prevention. Upon this point rests about all the chances for success which the astrologer may have.
In order to determine this point a clear judgment and an unprejudiced mind is absolutely necessary. One cannot answer or attempt to answer a question when they are extremely desirous of its answer being exactly what they desire it; therefore read from science and not from your own opinion.
In this respect the principal point to consider is: After erecting the figure for the hour and minute of your question, then look to the rulers of the houses to which your question refers. If you find them applying to an aspect the chances of the event taking place are very probable, men if the aspect be evil. Should you find the rulers of the houses in question not in aspect with each other the chances of the event taking place are lessened, but events may be brought about by other means, such as: The rulers of the houses in question forming an aspect to another planet, which is expressed as a “collection of light”, in the same manner as two persons failing to agree when the third party intercedes and bring about the desired result, but to get this effect the planet to which the rulers apply should be the larger, and it will be found that this collection has greater effect when all aspects are good.
Another method of bringing about events may be mentioned as the “translation of light” in which case the Moon (and often Mercury) move from an aspect of one ruler to an aspect of the other, thus carrying the good offices of one planet to the other, and by this method often bring about an event. If this occurs after the aspects between the rulers are passed it indicates that the rulers came to an agreement through the council and assistance of the person described by the translator.
Events are prevented by the aspects of the rulers being evil and inharmonious or by what is commonly known as “frustrations”, meaning that when tho rulers are applying to an aspect when another planet forms an evil aspect to one of the rulers before the ruling planets can complete their aspect. The ruler which is afflicted is the one which prevents the event taking place. This question of frustration has been the means of preventing the good results so often pronounced by careless artrologers who think themselves too wise to be outclassed by othef influences.
From Guide to Astrology by Fredrick White
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