Too early? Too late?

QUESTION: I have a horary chart with Zero degrees and 36 minutes ascending. They say that it is too early to answer the question. Should I discard the chart as unreadable? What to do?

This is one of the several instances in “traditional” astrology where a lack of clear thinking from astrology authors, teachers, and scholars gets in the way when interpreting old texts.

Equating “tradition” with “old” tends to cloud many an astrologer’s abilities to perform analytical thinking and apply common-sense.

Discarding early or late degree rising charts was certainly necessary as a safety measure when they tracked time using sundials 300 years ago.

A partly cloudy day would be enough to create a little error and would be enough to render a horary chart wrong. Or even later in history while using mechanical timepieces. That is not a limitation we have nowadays in the age of atomic clocks and electricity.

Timekeeping in the 21st century is accurate! There is no place for fear of having a wrong chart due to bad time.

What to do?

Read early or late ascending degree charts like any other chart.

But some say that “early degree ascending means that the situation is just beginning and late degree ascending means the situation is at the end.”

You are welcome to create that rule for you yourself if you like. There is no astrology police to stop you. Just don’t let it stop you from reading the chart and finding the answer to the question you were asked.

In my experience, if the situation is just beginning or ending it is given by the context as well as by the planetary testimonies in the chart in the form of aspects and/or planets on the verge of changing signs or having just changed signs. Or by a conjunction with Aldebaran for beginnings, or Antares or Uranus, for endings.

Early or late degree rising can be safely disregarded in horary. Don’t complicate it. Read the chart! That is what horary astrologers do!



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