Lost object horaries are a very good metric to use to measure your horary ability. They’re very simple and very sweet with very little backstory necessary to get an understanding of the situation. This is useful (and refreshing) when you’ve found yourself dealing with people who you’ve found to be less than – shall we say – honest or open about their predicament. Lost objects also allow us to sort of stretch and bend our understanding of planetary symbolism by applying it to real world, often household objects.
This question comes to us from our very own wintersprite. Her daughter is currently attending cosmetology school, and upon arriving at her first day of class, she was given a key that goes to the store/supply closets. Now, obviously this key is very important and perhaps is used as a metaphor for responsibility since there is a lot of emphasis placed on the students about how impossible it is to be given another. You can see where this is going…
Yes of course! The daughter here lost her key and has no idea where it is. The last time she remembered seeing it was when she went to get her bus pass for the ride home. She keeps them on separate cords around her neck and plainly saw the key while getting the pass. So now, where has it gotten to?
First thing we need to remember about this chart is that it was aksed by Winter after spending a half hour to an hour helping her daughter try to hunt this key down. Lilly reminds us to be sure we understand who the item belongs to.
Becareful to take your Ascendant exactly, and consider the nature of the Question, viz. whose Goods, or to whom the thing missing, or lost, or enquired after did appertaine; if the Goods be the Querents own Commodity, then see to the Lord of the 2nd; if it belong to the Brother or Sister, then have regard to the Lord of the 4th; if to the Father, the Lord of the 5th; if to the Mother, the Lord of the 11th, &c. and so in order, according to the nature of the Party who proposeth the Question.
So, here we have the Ascendant as Capricorn, but being the belonging of the daughter we look to the Sixth house as the Second from the Fifth. This leads us to Mercury who is the natural ruler of keys.
Before we get into this, though, and generally before looking too much into exactly where an object is, it’s important to first consider if the object will, in fact, be found. This can typically put us at odds with our querent, especially if the manner of there question is something like “Where is my lost object?”. Well, that kind of implies that you’ll find it if you only knew where to look, but sometimes things just disappear and are gone for good. The better way to ask these questions is something more like “Will I find it? If so, where?”
Having said that, in this chart we see that neither the Sun or Moon are above the horizon, which is not a good testimony for recovery. Likewise, Mercury, the significator of the key, is not retrograde which would suggest return. The only testimony we do have in this chart is that the Moon (general significator of things that are lost) applies to a Trine with Venus who rules the daughter. This is a pretty storng argument for recovery, so we’ll judge it will be found.
Okay, so where? Mercury is in Cancer, a moveable, water sign which can suggest somewhere near water, especially water that moves around. Notice that Mercury has only just entered Cancer and typically a planet that is newly into a sign can suggest that the item has fallen down between two things. Mercury is in the Sixth house, so perhaps Sixth house related things could be appropriate to consider as well. The Sixth house is traditionally related to slavery, chores, injuries, and illness. Combining some of these things we could think perhaps the bathroom or the laundry room, both places associated with moving water that have a connection with household chores.
The Fourth house is also significant of the type of ground that is under the lost item. Here we have Taurus, which suggets the key is on the floor and perhaps somewhere dirty. The lord of the Fourth house is Venus in Gemini, combust of the Sun. Venus in Gemini sort of gives us some contradictory significations when compared to our Taurus significations from earlier as air signs typically relate to being off the ground or somewhere exposed to light, but both Cancer and Taurus very much do not represent those things, so we’ll have to be more picky. The Combustion shows the ground the key is on his hidden or covered up by something, so we’ll need to be sure to tell our querent to move things about and to inspect deeply. Gemini and the other mutable signs can also indicate places of storage; desk drawers, shelves, boxes, baskets, etc.
Now the hard part, taking all of those things and mixing them together to get a good idea of where this thing is or at least some coherent ideas of where our querent can begin looking.
We can tell our querent to look in the bathroom, laundry room, or other appropriate room in their house that has moveable water. Stick close to the floor and pay special attention where there is space between the wall and an appliance, piece of furniture, or two walls, and to inspect closely inside of and around ground level cabinents, boxes, drawers, or other storage devices.
The outcome of this question was that 13 hours later, the key was indeed found, but not by the daughter as the applying Moon/Venus trine might lead you to believe. The querent found the key between the wall and the washing machine, but this particular crevice was being covered up by a large suitcase that was leaned up against the wall in that spot. Interesting how some of these things play out.