This question comes with a bit of back story to help set the mood. The querent had finally been approved for financial aid for college after a lot of back and forth with the school. The problem wasn’t that the querent couldn’t qualify for financial aid, just that the school was having a difficult time securing information about the querent from learning institutions the querent attended in the past. This financial aid also included money to be used on books and living expenses. With the deadline looming overhead and the school threatening to lock the querent out of her online classes (not to mention the bills that were due), the querent asked the question of when the money would get to them so they could get their affairs in order.
Because of this chart’s somewhat complex situation and the number of players involved, it’s important to identify all of the significators in play. The querent is signified by Mars in Capricorn in the Second and the money being asked about is the eleventh house in this situation – thus Venus – since it’s a grant from the government. We know that this money is going to have to pass through the school first, so we also need to keep an eye on the Sun who is the ninth house lord. With our cast introduced, let’s take a look at what the chart is saying.
The major player here, like in most horaries, is the Moon. In this chart she’s performing a translation of light between Venus and the Sun. Unfortunately it’s not a perfect translation since the planets are out of one another’s dignity, and the Sun is in the place of the Moon’s Fall while the translation occurs through a Square. This shows the difficulty of the initial approval and transfer of the money. After this, the Moon’s next aspect is a sextile to Mars. This is the aspect to look for showing the transfer of the money from the school (who took their share for tuition) to the querent’s account. There was a bit of urgency in this question; the money not being transferred until after the Thanksgiving break could have made a difficult financial environment for the querent and timing is the main focus of this question since the querent already was aware that they would be receiving the award at the time.
When I was reading this chart, I figured the sign change for the Moon to perfect the sextile would show a much longer time period than originally indicated by the en mundo aspect or spacing it out by degree, so I was of the opinion that the transfer would not complete until after the Thanksgiving holiday. It turns out this was incorrect, but this gives a good excuse to go a bit into detail about the different timing techniques mentioned above to see what they are saying and then what the correct answer turned out to be.
The first and most popular timing technique utilized is a “degree by degree” type, wherein the degrees between the perfection of the aspect identified to perfect the matter are counted out (in this example, the degrees between the perfection of the sextile between the Moon and Mars) and a unit of time is assigned to it based on the qualities of the signs and the houses the aspect takes place between. So in this horary, the aspect is 4° apart, which tells us it will be 4 units of time. The planets are in a Moveable and Common sign which are significant of haste (with Fixed signs being the slowest), but they are in a succeedant and cadent house, which can show prolongation. Quickly but still kind of long sounds like days to me, which would have had this transaction completed on November 24th, but that was not the case. My dissatisfaction with this technique mostly lies in how vague it is. There are many different units of time to choose from, and there isn’t a hard or fast rule as to which is the most appropriate, the astrologer basically has to infer which would be more appropriate based on the context of the question and if it’s a situation that is likely to be resolved in the near or far future.
The second timing technique that is often utilized is en mundo aspects, and the idea behind this is that events are tied up to the planets and their transits. So, when the Moon and Mars perfect their sextile in the sky, the event they signify is likely to manifest around the same time. If it’s not with the next aspect, then it’s with the next conjunction between those two planets. This technique would have had the transfer complete just before 4pm on the 20th of November, which is also not correct, but much closer than the other technique was suggesting.
The transfer completed at 2:18pm on November 21st, so the querent was able to get all of her financial affairs squared away successfully, but the timing offered by the most popular techniques in classical horary swung and missed on this one in a way that was surprising to me.