Ever since I started learning Horary, I can not stop being amazed at how multi-functional and also very practical Horary astrology is. While Transits or Solar returns or other prognostic methods can indicate a good or bad time to move or buy a house or an apartment, when it actually comes to choosing between available options all these methods are of no help. Horary, however, comes very handy with its ability to give an answer to a specific question in a clear and precise manner.
A client of mine was on the market for a one-bedroom apartment last year. She questioned me first in October and horary chart was the following:
A property you want to buy is shown by the 4th house ruler and in this chart it is Venus. Before we get to Venus’ condition, I notice that the 1st house ruler, the Sun(querent) is in Libra, ruled by Venus. She likes the apartment very much, but in the last degree of Libra the Sun is about to change the sign showing that this infatuation with the place is about to change also. The way she spoke about the apartment was clearly reflected in this placement:she was in love with it……after looking at the pictures of the online listing.
So the ruler of the pretty apartment is Venus, but Venus is in detriment in Scorpio – there is a problem with the place. This also explains the price being lower than normal – the ruler of the 10th house (showing the price) is Mars in detriment in Libra. The affliction to the house is shown by a water sign in this particular chart which indicates a problem of that nature – plumbing, leaks or mold. Since it is Scorpio we expect it to be hidden as well, not something that stands out right away or the seller is willing to reveal. They may not even be aware of it.
After visiting the place with the agent, the client indeed had her pink glasses taken away – it was a first floor apartment in the shades of the trees and balconies of the upper floors which isn’t great in the humid climate of the area. The building was old (there was no prior information about this in the listing online) so even without horary one would start suspecting problems with the systems like electrical and plumbing that are 40+ years old. The seller had no information on any renovations done to them previously, which isn’t a good sign either.
While problems shown by horary as “hidden” were not so easy to confirm, there was other information that was easy to verify. In describing the property, the 6th house shows the neighbors and here it is shown by Saturn placed right inside the 6th house. Saturn signifies old people and being physically placed inside its house it shows exactly that – they stay in their homes.
My client was able to talk to one of the neighbors (an elderly lady) who said that the majority of the tenants indeed were retirees. One thing verified, my client didn’t take the risk of verifying the apartment had problems by buying it – she was in no rush and continued to search for a good option.
3 weeks later she found something else and asked me about that place. This time things looked much better:
The 4th house ruler again turned out to be Venus, but in a much better place for her this time. I mean, it is peregrine in Sagittarius for sure but peregrine is still better than fall or detriment. Per rules of horary, peregrine planets gravitate towards worse rather than better, so in the question about the property it should be read as “OK now, but deteriorating”. Sure, just like anything (and anybody) else does with time. However, the main thing we’re concerned with here is the initial condition the place is deteriorating from. The condition doesn’t seem bad at all, considering that the 5th house is the house of joy for Venus.
The placement in Sagittarius, ruled by expansive Jupiter, suggested a larger place as well, which it was (by about 50 sq.ft). The building was only 12 years old, so it had a long way ahead until reaching the detriment state of the previous place. However, the age does not guarantee the absence of problems – a house can be 10 months old and get pipe leaks because someone didn’t do the job right. Either way, with no afflictions to the 4th house ruler by placements or aspects, it was time to look at the neighbors. Saturn, again and in its own house again. Confirmed by the sellers of the place as they said that the nearest hallway neighbor was a very quiet old lady they had seen about 4 times in the past 2 years.
Remarkably, the placement of the Moon in both horaries reflects the floor placement as well – in the first one the Moon is below the horizon (first floor) and in this one it is in elevation above all other planets (new place was on the top floor).
The price for the second place is also low, but this time explained by the rush of the sellers – a young family with a two-year-old and planning to have another one was itching to get out of the one bedroom, however spacious it might be.
My client purchased the place and moved in 4 months ago. So far, other than some minor cosmetic repairs (a loose shelf in the hallway, a chipped mirror in the bathroom, a few crayon marks on the wallpaper in the bedroom) there have been no problems. She indeed feels like Venus in the 5th – rejoiced. She sent me some pictures of the place and I could not believe just how “Venus in Sagittarius” that apartment really is! With her permission I’m using the photos here. The first one is just Venusian with a touch of Jupiter’s flair – the pink bedroom with niched shelves and built-in lights in each one. This is exactly how she bought it, including the curtains (the only exception is the stuff on the shelves – that’s hers):
The second picture is a much stronger mix of Venus’ desire for beauty and Jupiter’s exaggerating touch. The chandelier-style light… in the bathroom! I am dead serious – note the shower-head in the background. She says she finds it funny and likes the kitschy look of it and has no wish to replace it. Even shows it off (for a laugh) to friends and family who come to visit her place for the first time…