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The Connection Between Natal and Horary Astrology

Frawley and Hofman highly dismiss any connection between natal and horary. Do you have any experience on the matter, I mean have you seen people doing that?

We have to define our terms or exemplify to clarify that is meant by “connection”.

I might fully agree with them, or not, if only I knew what they meant by “connection”. So, I’ll share what I have seen from experience rather than addressing what other astrologers may have expressed before.

There is a connection between horary and natal. However, the connection is primarily contextual and only secondarily symbolic, if symbolic at all.

There is no direct link between the symbols in a birth chart and its derived charts (progressions, returns, transits, etc.) and horary in the sense that planets will have automatic corresponding meanings.

The notion that we can take say, Mercury (or any planet) in the natal chart and then look at Mercury in horary and arrive at certain conclusions is mostly wrong. I say “mostly” because obviously, they can match occasionally. After all, we have seven planets (not one hundred) so they are bound to overlap with a certain frequency. But this is not a rule or a “technique” that can be relied on (or advertised as such).

Having said that, a horary question depicts themes, issues, and events that are part of the current context in a person’s life. If those themes, issues, and events are significant, corresponding symbols will appear in both the natal-derived charts and horary, albeit they may appear in different ways. 

For example say, death; in one type of chart it is shown by a house ruler, (8th), in the other type of chart is shown by a fixed star, say Antares, etc. So, different symbols for a single event, or single context.

But if the issue is: “Will I have sex this month?” Unless you have been a nun or monk for many years, that will not appear in natal-derived charts. So, the so-called horary-natal synastry will be nowhere to be seen. The same if the issue is a lost or dead cat or dog. Unless one has a deep emotional connection or attachment to the animal whose death causes enough impact in the native’s life, it will not appear in return charts or secondary progressions.

Finding connections across charts is entertaining to astrologers. It can be educational too, if we look at it from the correct perspective and don’t try to stick a square peg into a round hole.

In a serious consultation, horary is what will show the accurate and relevant details, while natal will give the broader brushstrokes. It is the same with mundane astrology and horary.

Horary does not require natal to work. And the competent horary astrologer is not required to analyze the birth chart in order to answer the querent’s concerns.

There is another related point worth raising: The potential inaccuracy of birth data.

How many times have you made a wonderful and meaningful natal analysis only to find out later that the birth time was wrong? Or mundane charts for nations we have no clue when were “started”?

Unless one is into astrology for purely entertaining reasons, it is advisable and important to keep in mind the limitations of each type of astrology, including horary. A malformed or unclear question can kill horary.

If the birth data is inaccurate we may concoct a fabulous synastric fictional story between horary and natal, if we insist in making these “connections”.

In summary, the context is what matters and, by force, is what connects natal and horary.

If the context presents major occurrences there will be correspondences between natal and horary. If not, any correspondence is more likely to be plain imagination.

Mixing natal with horary with the intent of “answering the question” risks defeating the purpose of horary as well the deeper purpose of astrology itself, that is, to inform accurately.

If one must satisfy the urge to look at natal when doing a horary consultation then one may want to seriously consider interpreting them separately and get whatever information is given without trying to match them.

And in case one does not feel confident in one’s horary skills one may want to seek further horary training instead of pulling a birth chart in an attempt to fill that gap.

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