Perhaps the most common questions asked in horary astrology are questions concerning relationships. How a relationship will go, when we’ll meet someone new, if an ex will get back with us, and anything else that has to do with the budding, blooming, and withering of romances are all questions that burn into our brains and keep us up late at night. These are the questions that oftentimes end up anonymously in e-mails and internet forums, whether those forums be for astrology, tarot, i ching, or any other sort of divinatory system. This may also be a good way for some newly budding astrologers to learn something of horary astrology that they may be able to apply to their own lives and practices, since these types of questions come up a lot.
So, you’ve gotten your first relationship question and you’ve got the chart in front of you, but where do you start? Just like in any horary question, the person who asked the question is shown by the First house, its lord, and the Moon. The person they are asking about is represented by the Seventh house and its lord. While many modern texts will assert that you should look to the Fifth house and its lord to find the person they are asking about, this is not true. The Fifth house is what you’re doing with the person, not the person. The only people usually signified by the Fifth house are children, and that might be a little bit awkward. Planets that are in the Seventh house can also be used as co-significators and can generally give some good description as to what’s going on behind the scenes. The Sun can also be used as a general signification for men, while Venus is can be used in the same way for women.
So, now that we have significators assigned, we need to figure out what they are doing for one another. Let’s say the question is “Will we be in a romantic relationship?” with a man asking. So, we have the First house, its lord, the Moon, and the Sun showing as the querent, while the Seventh house, its lord, and Venus are the questied. There are a few tell-tale signs that will suggest whether the relationship has any likelihood to grow from a current situation. If the First house lord is in the Seventh house, then it shows the querent is the one who is the most interested, should the Seventh house lord be in the First, then it suggests that the queisted is the most love-struck. Another way to tell is to see who is signified by the faster planet as they are the one who are the most interested in developing a relationship. However, if the Seventh house lord is in the Seventh house then it shows the quesited has little thought of the querent and is more concerned with themselves. Should the Seventh house lord also be in their own dignities, it may suggest a disinterest in a relationship.
Receptions are another sign. If the significators are in each other’s signs, then it’s a good bet that there is a mutual interest in the other. Receptions are not enough to bring about any kind of relationship as receptions simply show a willingness to get along, aspects show action and they must be considered. Sextiles, conjunctions, and trines show a greater chance of things going smoothly while squares and oppositions show more obstacles and challenges involved. The chances are again increased or decreased based on receptions. If Jupiter and Mercury serve as significators with Mercury being in Pisces and Jupiter is in Virgo, even though the planets are in opposition with one another, the reception between the planets makes it much easier for the opposition to be overcome and the relationship to grow. If there are no aspects between the significators, then check for collection of light or translation of light. This can bring about a relationship as well, but often shows the work of a third party.
None of the above means no relationship. No receptions? No want to get together. No aspects? No action in getting together. Bad aspects with no reception? Bad things will happen before you decide to take the advice and discontinue the relationship. Is a significator going to go retrograde before the application is complete? The person whose significator is turning around is going to change their mind. Is another planet going to get to one of the significators before the other? Then it seems like something else is going to come up .
While this is in no way a complete list of things to look for in relationship horaries, it is a good checklist for simple things and following it should lead to reliable results. However, all charts are different, and positions and circumstances in the chart can change the outcome.