Review: The Only Way to Learn About Horary and Electional Astrology (Volume 6)
This is Volume VI in the "The Only Way to Learn About" series by March and McEvers. The book is devoted to discussing two branches of astrologyhorary and electional.
Horary astrology involves finding an answer to any question by drawing up a chart for the moment the question is asked. Finding an answer from an horary chart can be a complex task, and a multitude of rules are used to arrive at a "verdict". There are plenty of texts that present these rules, most of which are very much rooted in the past. Joan McEvers writes the Horary astrology section of the book, and offers her simplified approach to answering questions. She does not use many of the traditional horary astrology rules, and she offers an approach that is based on her own (rather extensive) experience. She urges readers to experiment with different rules in order to arrive at a system that works for them.
I have personally done the same thing, although my "system" differs somewhat from the author's approach. I have accumulated plenty of horary questions in my files over the years, having turned to astrology to ask questions both for myself and for others for probably a good 20 years. After reading McEvers' approach, I pulled out my old files and applied her system to the charts. My experience with horary astrology has largely been experimental. It has not been an area that I explored in depth.
The beauty of having horary charts from the past is that the actual answers have come to pass. I noted down my judgments of each horary chart, and then noted what actually came to pass. This way, I can learn what worked and what didn't. Applying McEvers' system was an intriguing exercise, as I found that her system worked most of the time. Not only that, it is a very straightforward system, and therefore easy to apply.
Besides its straightforwardness, I especially enjoyed the many example charts presented in the book, culled from McEvers' files. She offers each chart, how she interpreted the answer, and then what actually came to pass. She also presents "test" charts. Readers can attempt to find an answer to an horary question, and then read the actual outcome.
There are other horary astrology books that go into more detail in terms of rulerships and refinements. However, this one offers a good base from which to start. Although it is better for students of astrology in the earlier stages of learning about horary astrology, it is certainly of interest to astrologers who have worked with horary astrology for some time. In my case, I read this book years after I had already been experimenting with horary astrology, and I still found it an interesting, and at many points, illuminating, read. The multiple example charts were especially appreciated.
The second portion of the book is dedicated to Electional Astrology. Less pages are devoted to Electional Astrology than there are to Horary Astrology. Of course, Electional astrology is complex, and this book does not cover the subject exhaustively. As an introduction, it is decent, although it doesn't focus on the basics as much as it offers examples and general guidelines. What is included on the topic is valuable. I enjoyed the examples in which Marion March offers a few charts for each election of an event, effectively illustrating how she arrived at the more ideal time/date.
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