Perfection in horary is loosely defined as “the thing happening”, so in a question about a job opportunity, the perfection would be the querent getting the job. It’s the holy grail of most (if not all) horary charts and it’s the astrologer’s job to find it or find what’s stopping it.
There are four main methods of perfection, many of which have already been discussed in previous posts in the series; joining, translation, collection, and emplacement.
Joining is the easiest to understand and the most used, but it’s the most difficult to master as it has the most variables associated with it. Essentially perfection by joining occurs when the planets signifying the querent and queisted aspect one another. It sounds pretty simple, but there’s also reception, nature, dignity, house placement, and about ten thousand more things to consider before finally arriving to a judgment about if a particular aspect is going to be able to really do anything.
Translation and collection are other methods of perfection that have been discussed in previous entries in the series. They also have some reception and nature variables to take into consideration before deciding if they can perfect the matter.
The fourth way perfection can occur is through emplacement. This hasn’t been previously discussed, but is essentially when the significator of the queisted is within the First house. This is something of an unreliable technique as the best results have been gained through lost items or missing pets charts where having the significator of the item or pet in the First house is an argument that it will return. This doesn’t seem to work very well for other types of questions; the Lord of the Tenth being in the First doesn’t automatically suggest the querent will get a job, for instance. Likewise, it doesn’t translate well in reverse (querent’s significator in the house of the quiested) as this is a common sign of the querent’s focus or desire.
With the four different methods of perfection identified and defined, it’s important to discuss things that keep a suspected perfection from occuring.
1) Escape- This is when a faster planet applies to a slower planet, but before the aspect is perfected the slower planet slips into the next sign. We’ll say Venus at 20° wants to apply to Mars who is at 29°. Mars is going to go into the next sign before Venus gets to him, so we say that Mars has escaped her. However, Umar tells us that escape can still be overcome if the fleeing planet does not come into contact with any other planet before his pursuer catches up to him. This process relies entirely on application and not perfection. So if Jupiter is sitting at 12° of the Sign Mars just entered into, if Mars can’t hurry up and get within orb of Jupiter before Venus catches him, her application will still take effect.
2) Refranation- This is when a planet applies to another, but the applying planet goes retrograde before the aspect perfects.
3) Prohibition- This occurs when our two significators are applying to one another, but before it’s perfected a third planet gets in the way either with it’s body or its aspect. Venus at 20° wants to apply to Mars at 29° again, but Mercury at 19° will pass by the both of them and prohibits their meeting.
4.)Frustration- This is another version of prohibition where the slower planet in an applying aspect will meet with a third planet first. Mercury at 5° applies to Saturn at 11°, but Venus at 8° frustrates the conjunction because she gets to Saturn first.
These four methods of interruption are why it is important to always investigate aspects to make sure they are completing as expected. Otherwise you’ll never know when that applying Venus is going to go retrograde and ruin everything.