While working one day, Theresa sends me a picture of herself bottle feeding a baby kitten with the text “My Siamese is missing 2 days now and she had these week old babies. Horary look @ the time: where is pretty kitty”.
Missing object (or in this case, animal) questions are a pretty prevalent type, people lose things all the time. They’re also one of the more useful types of charts for the astrology student. Missing object charts have a pretty fast turnaround where the object is usually found within a couple of days and it makes it easy to see where the chart was saying it was if the initial judgment turned out to be wrong. Knowing the outcome of questions is essential in doing horary well and gaining some experience in it.
Now, for this question, I had never done a missing animal before, but I figured it couldn’t be too different. First, we have to assign significators. Theresa is the querent and so is The Sun as lord of the first house. Animals that are too small for humans to ride (I didn’t make that up, I swear) are signified by the 6th house, so our pretty kitty here is Saturn in Libra. I think that Saturn in Libra is an excellent significator for a Siamese cat. These cats are said to be a very sociable breed that are more dependent on humans than other cats and do best when able to bond with people. Also, I think it should be noted that at the time I was under the impression that the cat had taken her kittens with her somewhere, and so I was also focused on the 10th house cusp (being the 5th from the 6th) and had assigned her kittens to Venus in Capricorn.
The first question I sought to answer in this chart was if the cat was alright. What condition is she in? This is where I strayed from my usual path in lost object charts, I generally don’t care about whether the item is damaged or not until I’m pretty sure I know about where it is, but since cats are living creatures, this felt like a more important first question. Kitty is shown by Saturn in Libra, luckily for us Saturn is exalted and unafflicted (except by being retrograde, more on that in a minute), and so I judged that kitty was fine and not hurt. The kittens are Venus in Capricorn in the Fifth, Venus is very strong in this chart and she’s in her own triplicity which led me to believe that they were okay, but I was concerned about Venus being Squared to Jupiter in her sign of detriment. Especially since Jupiter was the lord of the kittens’ Eighth and the kittens were in their own Eighth house. Though, it turned out that the kittens were safe at home and I had misunderstood.
Something I thought odd about this chart was the void Moon. Originally, I was put off by this placement because it suggested that the cat wouldn’t be found, that she was just…gone. The Moon represents lost and wandering things, and that’s exactly what she signifies here. Luna is peregrine in Pisces, and it tells us something about the cat. She’s just wandering, idling with no destination. However, both she and the Sun are above the horizon, which is a good indicator that the cat will be recovered.
Now as for where the cat is, I noticed Saturn was in the Third house, a cadent house, which suggested that she was far away from where she was supposed to be. She’s not in the house or yard and she’s not in the immediate area, however with her position in the Third house showing neighbors and places we go often, I judged that the cat would have to be at a neighboring suburb or neighborhood. Saturn is retrograde, and when a lost object’s significator is retrograde, it shows the object coming back, Saturn and the Sun (our querent) are mutually applying a Trine to one another, and so I judged that pretty kitty would come back on her own accord.
Unfortunately I didn’t put a time on it, but I really should have. Less than a degree before perfection, across Cardinal/Fixed signs and Angular/Cadent houses sounds like a week to me, and the cat did indeed return 6 days later. The weird part is, the cat came back fixed. The likely story behind it is when the cat was let outside, she wandered off and was picked up by an animal shelter who thought she was a stray. In many areas animal shelters will pick up strays and fix them to decrease the stray population. They generally put them in a foster home of sorts while they recover, and once they’ve gotten better, the foster family releases them again. The surgery is the weirdest part, because the chart really only hints at it, but doesn’t seem to indicate the surgery happened was or was going to happen. Mars rules surgery and Mars and Saturn are mutually applying a Trine together, but the Trine with the Sun happens first, so it would seem that the cat came back home before the surgery was going to happen, but it played out differently than that.
No matter how much you study, it will always come up with new ways to surprise you.
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