Astrology has a set of established principles which act as a guide of action and procedure and offer a standard to aim for. In this sense the Considerations before Judgement are rules. On the other hand, disapproval is implied by the word ‘stricture’. So, a stricture in a chart is like a rebuke and is usually treated as making a chart unreadable, suggesting that an incorrect answer will be obtained.

Medical doctors understand that experiencing pain is a ‘good’ warning sign, if we can diagnose ailments or illness early enough, we can eventually heal patients and they become healthier.

In an automobile, if an engine or body part breaks down, a warning light comes on in the dashboard. 
By observing the warning light, you also avoid serious injury or death.

In Horary Astrology, we are also fortunate in that the universe provides for warning signs to let us know that something is wrong…and therefore, the chart cannot be judged.

These warnings are called the Strictures against Judgement and they are unique to Horary Astrology, alone, in that no other type of astrology has them (as far as I am aware) ?

Strictures Against Judgement

One of the precepts of Horary astrology is that, unlike a personal natal chart, a horary chart gives no exclusive ‘rights’ to the querent to ask for an opinion, so it is very much a horoscopy of priviledge.

In other words, Horary astrology is similar to the Supreme Court, in that good reasons should be obtained prior to hearing your case. The application might get approved or rejected and they don’t have to give you a reason, either.  The horary astrologer is supposed to be ( in theory) a ‘judge’ from the higher bench…and therefore, an astrologer of higher skill than a mere ‘general’ natal astrologer…

Meanwhile, if you are a persistent, annoying questioner or ask the same question more than once, a stricture against judgement often appears, primarily to deter people from abusing the system. If you are trying to test the validity of horary astrology, another warning bell often goes off.

These strictures will also appear if you, the querent, haven’t understood the question properly, are mentally incapacitated or are too negative, in nature ?

For example, I recently joined a friend for a social outing. This person is also aware that I am a proponent of horary astrology.  The friend happens to be having severe problems with his marriage and while very drunk, he worked up the courage to ask what will become of his marriage, could I do a chart for him.

I told him that the timing was bad and he not ask me the question until he was sober, perhaps the next day ? Alcohol is also a depressant and it makes people very negative and/or depressed.

Well, he was quite persistent that I do a chart for him right away !

Anyhow, I noted the time, and told him, I would do a chart for him when I got home, but I also warned him that since he had asked the question while drunk, a stricture against judgement might also appear and therefore, he might be ‘screwed !’ LOL

Well, guess what ? As it turned out, Saturn was found in the radical 7th house – a stricture against judgement. And therefore, I could not provide him with an answer.

Here are the complete Strictures against Judgement:

3 degrees or less rising, or 27 degrees or more rising:

In the former, the question was asked way too early and is premature.  In the latter, the question was asked ‘too late,’ and therefore, nothing can be done about it ! for example, 27 Degrees of Sagittarius rising usually means it’s a “dead horse’ issue… 


Horary Moon is void of course:

When the radical Moon makes no applying aspects to any of the other ptolemeac planets, then the Moon is considered void of course and therefore, nothing can be done about the matter asked. IF the radical Moon is applying to any of the trans-Saturnian planets, the chart can still be read, but external events beyond the control of the querent will then prevail. Whether the ending is favorable or not depends on the ruler of the 1st house and its aspects and conditions.

Saturn in the 7th House (or Saturn in the 1st house):

In horary rules, the 7th house always rules the astrologer or person giving you advice. However, if YOU are both the querent AND the astrologer, then the 1st house applies to you, and therefore, Saturn in the 1st house can be… a Stricture against Judgement !

Here are the risks of finding Saturn in the radix 7th house: 

– The astrologer made an error in calculating the time chart and therefore, the chart has an invalid ascendant.

– The client misunderstood the question or phrased it wrong.

– The astrologer or the client is incompetant and/or biased and not fit to act. For example, say you are unhappy with your astrologer’s advice, generally, then you ask him or her to draw a horary chart for you. A stricture may appear, since the cient has no faith in the counsellor, or the astrologer has a bias against you, or some other personality conflict that makes the relationship redundant !

Moon in the Via Combusta:

The via combusta is a latin phrase meaning ‘the fiery way.’  The ancients described it as the zone of the zodiac from 15 Degrees Libra to 15 degrees Scorpio. Whenever the radix Moon is found in this zone, it has the qualities of Moon conjunct Uranus and therefore, the chart is either too dangerous or too unpredictable to judge.

Natal Saturn conjunct the degree on the Ascendant of the radical chart (or the astrologer’s natal Saturn conjunct the degree of the radix chart (please allow for 1 degree of orb, only).

If natal Saturn is conjunct the radix ascendant, chances are that the question that was asked is not the question you really wanted to ask ! Why? Because you were likely too afraid to ask the real question !)

On the other hand, if the astrologer’s natal Saturn is conjunct the radix ascendant, then the astrologer should consider resigning as an advisor, since they might make a serious error in judgement or some other major blundering.

Other considerations:

If the degree rising in the radix chart is conjunct (by an orb of one degree) one of your natal planets ruling the matter you asked about, then the question is exalted in importance and the horary chart then becomes more important or dignified as a result.

For exaample, say you ask about a personal love relationship question and the radix chart contains 28 degrees of Taurus rising, normally an invalid ascendant ?

But say you also have 28 degrees of natal Venus in Taurus?  Then, the ascendant becomes not only valid, but  is VERY important and the outcome is turned in the client’s favor, since Venus ‘rules’ relationships.

Who is eligible to ask a horary question:

ONLY a querent who has a direct stake in the question asked is eligible to ask the question !

No third-party questioners are allowed !

For example, Will the Vancouver Canucks will the Stanley Cup this year ? 

Will the New York Yankees will the 2011 World Series, this year ?

Who is eligible to ask sports horary questions:

– Players for that team, management, coaches, employees of the team.

Who is NOT eligible to ask:

– Fans, journalists, bookmakers and gamblers, astrologers and other third-parties.

Who MAY be eligible to ask:

– Relatives, spouses, family members or personal friends of the players. management or coaching staff !

Everyone else has to butt out, as it’s none of their business !

Also, people asking whimsical, curiousity-type questions: such as: “will I win the lottery,” “will I become famous ?”  etc, are often beyond the purvue of horary rules, and therefore, a study of the natal chart is a much better place to go… to answer those type of speculative questions…

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