are embarking on a course of study which will eventually
enable you to answer specific questions with the use of
astrology, in other words you will be able to predict. It
is an art of great antiquity. William Lilly, the great 17th
century English astrologer, collated and refined the technique
through experience and endless study and research. The book
he published in 1647, Christian Astrology, is a complete treatise on the art of astrology
and makes an impressive teaching manual. It is through this
book that instruction first became available in English,
rather than in Latin.
brought together all the texts, then extant, of the ancient
and classical authors. He translated and tested the methods
they advocated, and systematised this knowledge in a manner
which is as valid today as it was 350 years ago. When his
methods are followed in the way he suggests, the same results
can be expected: concise, detailed horaries with accurate
predictions. It was later, when astrology entered its decline
following the Restoration, that basic tenets were altered
or forgotten. Lilly goes to great lengths to provide the
teachings of the ancients and always tells his reader when
he is using a method of his own. Even here he admits to
having obtained his method from his reading of the ancient
if my Judgements doe vary from the common Rules of the Ancients,
let the Candid Reader excuse me, sith he may still follow
their Principles if he please; and he must know, that from
my Conversation in their Writings I have attained the Method
I follow. ( Page 142 Christian Astrology).
Astrology represents the culmination of thousands of
years of astrological observation, research and study. It
is mainly from this source that The Traditional Horary Course
has been constructed.
aim is to provide thorough instruction in horary techniques,
firmly rooted in the traditional methods expounded by Lilly.
Successful completion of the Course results in the award
of the Diploma of Traditional Astrology. This is a qualification
of high academic merit. Throughout the Course you will be
encouraged to pursue an active career – in teaching, publishing,
or working with clients – through accurate and precise chart
work. The tools and techniques which we present are not
just about horary, they are appropriate to all applications
of astrology, from natal to mundane.
of the greatest obstacles to taking a home study course
is the high cost of tuition and books, which usually have
to be paid for in advance. This puts the better quality
courses out of the reach of large numbers of people. Considerable
time and effort has been invested into reducing the number
of books required for this course.
horary astrology is a most fascinating, if demanding, subject
and is deserving of the attention of all astrologers.
Course has been written with the sincere intention of
passing on the accumulated knowledge of many years of
study with a high standard of scholarship. It is not
definitive however, and is subject to refinement and
amendment. Acquiring understanding of traditional astrology
is a neve- ending objective, but its rewards are high.
will endeavour to maintain your first allocated tutor
for each block of five lessons, but there will be times
when this is not possible. If such an occasion arises,
all steps will be taken to minimise the disruption to
your studies. Your tutor will usually be changed at
Lessons 6 and 11 to ensure that the Course teaching
standard is maintained. In
the more advanced lessons, individual pieces of work
might be graded by more than one tutor.
you cannot complete the course within the two year time
limit, you should notify your tutor at the earliest
examination is taken in your home and is only required
if you wish to obtain the Diploma of Traditional Astrology.
There is a separate fee of £40.00 for the examination.
purpose of continuous assessment (detailed below) is
to enable both student and tutor to monitor progress.
It will highlight persistent problems, or areas of confusion
where more work is required. Each student is graded
on their course work plus their examination. So there
is no dependence upon the examination alone.
work should be submitted by e-mail, diagrams and charts
can be scanned and sent as graphic files (JPG, TIF,
BMP, etc.), or faxed to your tutor. It is your responsibility
to ensure that your tutor receives these files intact,
so you are advised to keep secure copies of all of your
work. AOL users should be aware that they are usually
unable to receive file attachments unless they have
been zipped. However, your tutor will usually make her
report in plain text e-mails, should we have to return
diagrams to you, we will do so as attached graphic files.
tutor will return your work ungraded if it is illegible,
badly presented, or not up to the course standard. If
you insist that it be graded, that grade will be recorded
as usual on your continuous assessment record, with
the appropriate grade reduced. We provide a detailed
guide to the presentation of work to avoid this problem.
Your tutor will try to answer all your questions, but
allow time for the matter to be properly researched,
if necessary. Your tutor is not an oracle. If your questions
are answered in following lessons, your tutor may postpone
answering until that time. Your tutor will not be able
to spend time answering questions that are not relevant
to the lesson in hand; that would merely detract from
your work. Unless you have a problem that prevents you
from completing your assignments, please include your
questions with each lesson.
will, no doubt, be practicing with lots of your own
horaries. If you ask your tutor to judge them for you,
remember that there are professional fees to be paid.
It is better that you keep them for your own files for
judgement later when you are more experienced, and you
will need to produce your own horaries in later lessons.
for each lesson is estimated at a maximum of two hours'
duration. Should your work regularly demand more time
than this, you will be notified and a charge made for
extra tuition time should the situation continue. On
the rare occasion that this becomes an issue, it is
often indicative of some difficulty with study which
might well be improved by extra tuition.
the tutors of the course understand the difficulties
of learning anew. They have had to battle against frustrations,
time limitations and so on, in order to achieve their
current level of scholarship. Each persisted out of
love for astrology and for the rich dividends it pays
to the honest, sincere student. Astrology returns, at
least, the equal of each student’s investment.
the end of each lesson you will submit a set of assignments
to be graded by your tutor and awarded credits, the maximum
number available is listed below. These are totalled at
the end of the course and added to your examination credit.
If the result is above the minimum requirement you will
be awarded the Diploma once your two predictions have been
accepted and verified. Your tutor will comment on your work
and advise you about areas requiring more attention. Taking
that advice will avoid your having to rely too heavily on
your examination grade.
lesson has a maximum value of 16 points, these are awarded
for comprehension, presentation, and the assignments themselves.
There is also an allocation for commendations which are
points awarded at your tutor's discretion. Further details
are provided below. The final examination is similarly graded
and has a maximum value of 60 credits.
Diploma of Traditional Astrology is awarded to students
attaining 75% of the total available credits, that is, a
minimum of 225 credits.
your work is assessed for overall understanding of the principles
introduced in each lesson and its associated reading material.
This, naturally, will vary considerably from lesson to lesson
and depends on individual aptitude. This grade measures
how effective your studies have been, how well you have
used the various texts and applied what you have learned
are graded according to the content of your responses to
the assignments at the end of each lesson.
grading will not always apply and is simply to allow the
tutor to give extra grades where she feels the standard
of work deserves it. It will usually be awarded for improvement
and progress, and can be given even where other grades are
not particularly high. Your tutor will tell you when you
have been credited in this way.
examination is informal and taken in your own home,
just as with the end of lesson assignments. Each question
or project will be clearly marked with the maximum number
of credits available.
in view of the fact that varying degrees of cheating have
been encountered by other home study courses, a few words
on this subject are necessary. It is difficult to imagine
why anyone should want to achieve a qualification of this
sort by any means available to them, however, the quality
of such an achievement is dubious. The most important characteristics
of the horary practitioner are honesty and integrity, and
knowing the value of a hard-earned education.
is reached by no brief effort and does not favour short
cuts. (Marcus Manilius, Astronomica, 1st
work must be clearly and tidily presented. There is a great
deal that can be done to enhance the appearance of e-mail,
but please keep text in black and a minimum size of 10 point,
with a maximum of 12 point in a plain font. If we find your
work difficult to read, we will return it for reformatting.
forms are provided and must be used, whether your calculations
are computer generated or not. This is because all data
must be on one sheet, and our forms are designed to be easy
to read to facilitate grading. You can scan these into your
PC and save them in a variety of graphic file formats. While
JPG files are not good for printing, they are small in size
and take little time to send over the internet.
use the European style of drawing the wheel, (as illustrated
in the example chart and judgement below) fixed cusp charts,
or other styles, will only be accepted at your tutor’s discretion.
using source references insert them immediately after the
relevant passage (this would not necessarily be correct
when submitting work for publication). Never use other people’s work without giving them credit. You
will be expected to support your arguments with source references,
your tutor can advise you on this. The grades you receive
will reflect how well you have supported your work with
references, particularly into Christian Astrology.
largest proportion of your work should always be based on
the course material and required or suggested reading. Other
references are only relevant if they are from a reliable
source. If you are intending to use a source other than
the course texts, it is advisable to check with your tutor
worksheets and chart forms have been supplied to you in
the appendices of both courses, and you can print these
out for use. Even where you are not specifically asked to
complete the planetary and Part of Fortune score sheets,
you may find it helpful to do so anyway.
chart and judgement
example chart and judgement which follow are for your guidance
only. The wheel is mainly computer generated, but still
gives the general idea, and shows the sign glyphs following
the circle, it is quite in order to draw them in an upright
position (from the reader’s point of view). The new planets
(Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) have been omitted from the wheel,
and we prefer that you do not use them for your course work.
This is explained in the course material, and its reason
should become apparent to you as you progress.
Query:Is Terry Waite being held captive? Is he alive and well?
When will news of him be received?
27th January 1987
GMT: 10.17 am
Lat: 51° 32'N
Long: 00° 45'E
Regiomontanus House System
querent is represented by the ascendant and its ruler and
she is here shown by Mars in Aries, this sign describing
a short, slim person with strong limbs. She has the long
neck and dark eyebrows which Lilly says that Aries describes
(CA page 93).
quesited, Waite, is a special envoy of the Church, the Church
is a 9th house matter and envoys are of the 5th (CA pages
55 and 53). He is, therefore, signified by the 5th from
the 9th: the radical 1st house with Aries on the cusp. His
significator is Mars, the ruler of Aries and the Moon is
his co-significator. The significator of the Church is Jupiter,
ruler of Sagittarius on the 9th, these are the senders of
the message which Waite carried, the radical 3rd, ruled
by Mercury, being the recipients of that message. The Moon
shows the message itself (CA page 236).
a question about captivity a planet in the 12th house is
the principal significator and so finding Waite’s significator,
Mars, there it supports the choice of significators and
describes his location (CA page 463). This is the first
argument that he is being held captive. Mars in the 12th
also shows that he has undertaken a very long journey (CA
page 406). As the ruler of his 4th house, the Moon, is square
Waite’s significator, Mars, it shows that he is detained
and cannot get free (CA page 406). Mars is not aspecting
the ascendant and again shows that he cannot come home.
The applying trine of Mars to Saturn , ruler of the 12th,
describes his return, but after some delay since Mars is
out of orb of the ascendant (CA page page 406). These arguments
convinced me that he was being held captive.
to the second part of the question, his significator is
not afflicted except by being in the 12th and neither is
his ascendant, representative of his body, he is therefore
alive and well (CA page 417).
the recipients of the message, is in Waite’s 11th house
of friends. Mercury, however, is disposited by Saturn, ruler
of the 12th of imprisonment, and is in mixed reception with
it. This describes his friends as his captors. The good
aspects involving Mars shows that he went willingly.
the time of receiving news of him I took the applying sextile
of Mercury (news) to Saturn, ruler of the 10th of the world
and publicity (CA page 407). Mercury is translating light
from Mars, Waite, to the public, Saturn. In the ephemeris
this aspect perfected in the morning of 28th January 1987.
The newspapers carried the first news of his captivity,
and it transpired that his Moslem guards had taken him to
another Moslem faction.
The Mars Saturn applying trine
certainly did describe his return, perfecting symbolically
in 4°51', but who would have guessed that it would be 4
years 10½ months before he was released. On the day of his
release, 18th November 1991, transiting Mars made a trine
to the horary Jupiter.
assignments at the end of each lesson include a guide to
how much you should write. This is approximate and discretionary,
you do not have to write as much or as little as is indicated.
However, if the length of your answers differs very much
from the guide, you might lose marks.
carefully about each question and how it is phrased before
attempting to answer it. Remember that the first set of
answers you submit to your tutor are those on which your
grades are based. This advice applies as much to the examination
and will provide good practice for it.
wording of questions:
requires an answer of one sentence or less, simply giving
the meaning, as though from a dictionary.
here you must phrase your answer as if to someone who
knows nothing about the matter. Usually a paragraph
or two will suffice.
you are being asked to put the case for two or more
points of view. It can take from a few paragraphs to
2000 words depending on the theme and the level of study.
You are not necessarily being asked for your opinion.
asked to give your understanding of a particular subject,
you are required to put into your own words what you
think it is about.
all your work concise and strictly relevant to the matter
in hand. Your tutor is interested in your understanding
of the subject matter, make sure that they can find
it. The purpose of the example chart and judgement in
this guide is to give you a clearer idea of what is
required by way of presentation and content, but further
material is offered within the course in this regard.
very useful addition to your library is an old, out of print
dictionary of the 1920’s or earlier which will give definitions
of archaic words. This can be very helpful when dealing
with old texts such as Christian
Astrology. You will find that some words used by Lilly
appear to be the same as those used now but their meanings
are very different. For example, public
enemies: we would assume this to mean enemies of the
public or state or community. In fact, it means known enemies.
One very important point: keep a copy of your work. We cannot be responsible
for losses or damage and will require a copy if any such
are expected to compile a reference list of Christian
Astrology, an A5 (approximately 8" x 5") looseleaf
binder is adequate, although some students have successfully
used computer databases for this project. The list is meant
to function as a database or card index and should be made
as full as possible.
Astrology has a wealth of information which is buried
within a mass of text and in no particular order. Past students
of this text have found a list invaluable for information
retrieval. It is vital that you are aware of all the evidence.
will need to use the subject headings listed below and any
others you care to add:
- long and short
– applying and separating
– major and minor
– mutual application
– sinister and dexter
– 5° rule
– angular, succeedent, cadent
by translation of light
– mixed and mutual
– physical descriptions
of course, cannot cover every eventuality, you will therefore
need to introduce your own headings as you proceed. As you
read Christian Astrology note down page numbers under the relevant heading whenever
you find the subject mentioned, or when there is something
of note or different or unusual.
will be asked to provide your own horaries as part of your
assignments in later lessons. This is for no other reason
than to allow you the opportunity to judge from a situation
of knowledge. It can be very difficult at first to judge
charts set for you. You will find it more comfortable and
will also give you the benefit of hindsight.
chart must be drawn to the Course standard on the usual
form. Present the judgements in exactly the same way as
always, and provide at least three arguments for the outcome.
Each chart must have an outcome, predictions are not required
until you near the end of your studies when a separate set
of instructions will be provided.
the questions and the judgements simple and practical. Your
tutor may return inappropriate horaries, such as Will
I ever be happy? or any subject that is considered unlawful
reading the course texts immediately. Each will need to
be read through at least once in addition to the sections
you are asked to read throughout the course material, this
excludes straightforward reference works such as that by
Robson. If you find them difficult it is better to read
little and often, don’t be disheartened if you need to read
some sections several times.
reading you are asked to do in the Course material (printed
in boldface like
this) is designed to help you to become familiar
with the style of these books. Remember that the reading
and texts as a whole are intended to assist you in your
studies – it is better that you don’t make them your enemies.
You are expected to read Ptolemy and Lilly through
at least once whilst also completing the course reading
requirements. The benefits far outweigh the effort and you
will be reaping the rewards almost immediately. Wherever
possible read other ancient authors, your tutor will be
pleased to offer advice on choices.
Astrology, William Lilly, published by Regulus in
facsimile of 1647 edition. ISBN 0948472006 £45.00 (Secondhand
copies only available, but keep checking Amazon, who
often show used copies.)
Claudius Ptolemy, translated by F. E. Robbins, published
by Loeb. ISBN 0434994359 £11.50
Astrology by William Lilly published by Justus &
Associates. In three volumes, spiral bound and in large,
Volume 1 (The Introduction)
Volume 2 (Horary Section)
Volume 3 (Nativities) Currently
unavailable from USA. Try Spica Books.
Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian
E. Robson, published by Weiser, ISBN 0-87728-611-6
but not required
Hours Made Easy published by Justus & Associates.
Easy to read and use, very accurate. Get this if you
can, it is much easier to use than the tables in Christian
Astrology. $20.00 £POACurrently unavailable.
Tables of Houses published by Justus & Associates.
If you require the full range of tables, this is the
most accurate. $18 } £12.99Currently
of the Stars by Claude Dariot (1583 edition). (Justus)
This has been retyped to make it easier to read.
Astronomica by Marcus Manilius (c.10AD). The earliest complete work
of astrology still available.
Libri VIII - Ancient Astrology Theory and Practice by Firmicus Maternus (c.334AD).
Astrologiae - The Astrologers Guide, Guido Bonatus
(13th century) and Jerome Cardan (16th century), edited
by William Lilly.
of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology, al Biruni (1029)
Beginning of Wisdom, Abraham ibn Ezra £7.95
Astrologicum, Dorotheus of Sidon, published by Ascella
and Power: Astrology in Early Modern England, Patrick
Curry PhD, published by Polity Press (ISBN 0-7456-0604-0).
Scholarly research into the importance of astrology
and the astrologer and the subsequent decline during
the period 1642 to 1800.
books are not really suitable for newcomers to astrology
but are absolutely vital for the serious, more experienced
student. None is necessary for the course.
will be pleased to advise you about the suitability of any
recommended is the series of newly translated or retranslated
texts from Project Hindsight and ARHAT.