Episode 296 contains an interview with astrologer Sue Ward about pre-judgment considerations in Horary Astrology.
The considerations before the judgment are a series of aphorisms that William Lilly first outlined in his book in the 17th century Christian astrology.
Lilly introduces them as a series of reflections to answer Horary questions and determine whether the question is “radical” or has a strong foundation.
The considerations were passed on in later authors and became a series of “strictures” in the mid-20th century, which were believed to indicate whether a horary chart could be read at all or should be rejected immediately.
In the 1980s, there was a revival of interest in the practice of Horary Astrology, and particularly in Lilly’s work, as a result of the emphasis on Christian astrology in 1985.
By 1992, some astrologers like Maurice McCann noted that Lilly was still reading Horary questions that had one or more of the considerations, based on the chart examples in Christian astrology.
This raised the question of what the considerations should actually be used for and what value they had in interpreting horary charts, if any.
Sue Ward wrote a number of influential articles on the Thoughts starting in 1992, exploring their purpose and introducing a new take on their meaning.
In the meantime, she made a number of discoveries, including a remarkable observation about the working definition of void, which Lilly, of course, used in practice.
In this interview, we wanted to talk about Sue’s work on pre-judgment considerations and try to put it in the historical context of the revival of traditional horara astrology in the 1980s and 90s.
You can find out more about Sue on her blog at:
Twitter: @susanward or email: email@example.com
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Considerations Before Judging Episode Outline
This is a version of the show notes that Chris prepared before the interview.
Here is a bibliography of some of the works cited in this episode. Many thanks to Philip Graves of the Astrolearn Astrology Library for his help researching this episode and scanning some of Sue’s old articles.
Sue Ward, “The Void of the Moon: An Important Discovery,” in The Horary PractitionerIssue 15, October 23, 1992, pp. 6-8.
Maurice McCann, “Lilliy Says … A Note On The Considerations Before The Judgment” Astrology quarterlyVol. 63, No. 1, Winter 1992, pp. 38-44.
Sue Ward, “Lilly’s Method: An Answer to Maurice McCann” Astrology quarterlyVol. 63 No. 2, Spring 1993, pp. 22-31.
Sue Ward, “Consideration Before Rewinding,” The Horary PractitionerVol. 22, July 1997, pp. 8-20.
Peter Stockinger and Sue Ward, William Lilly: The Last Magician, Astrologer and Adept, Mandrake, 2014.
Considerations Before Judging Pictures
Here are some pictures of the pre-judgment considerations as they appear in William Lilly, Christian astrology (1647), pp. 121-123:
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