The missing-person case of April Bailey continues to intrigue me, so I thought I would cast a horary astrology chart to see if it reveals anything unusual that wasn’t reflected in my previous tarot reading. But I never really got started because I ran into two of what are called “strictures against judgement” that render a chart “unfit for judgment” (that is, it isn’t “radical” and will yield unreliable results). The chart had 29 degrees of Aquarius on the Ascendant, about which William Lilly said:
“If 27, 28 or 29 degrees ascend of any Signe, it’s no wayes safe to give judgment, except the Querent be of years corresponding to the number of degrees ascending, or unless the Figure be set upon a time certaine, viz, a man went away or fled at such a time precise; here you may judge because it’s no propounded question.”
Since April is not 29 years old and the precise time of her disappearance is unknown, this becomes an immediate show-stopper. The second defining indicator was that the “Lord of the 7th” (house, that is) was the Sun in Aquarius, the sign of its detriment, in the 12th House. Arabian astrologers had this to say about it:
“The Lord of the seventh unfortunate, or in his fall, or Termes of the Infortunes, the Artist shall scarce give a solid judgment.”
The Sun, ruler of Leo, is doubly debilitated, being in its least fortunate sign and in the 12th House of the chart, where its light is “buried.” The underlying basis for this stricture is that the “artist” (astrologer) is represented by the 7th House, with the querent occupying the Ascendant. Here it seems to me that the astrologer is both disadvantaged by sign and “blind” by house, not an encouraging combination and one to be shunned.
Although I tend not to pay as much attention to strictures as Lilly and his Arabian sources, having two strikes against me right out of the gate was not a good omen. Consequently, I chose not to read the chart in detail, and will instead approach the subject using one of my auxiliary missing-person tarot spreads. About the only point I’m willing to make is that the ruler of the Ascendant, Saturn, is in its other sign of rulership, Capricorn, and conjunct Pluto in the 12th House, suggesting that April is most likely in “dire straits” as indicated by my tarot reading, but that the evidence of her whereabouts and condition is almost certainly occluded. If you are interested in knowing more about horary strictures against judgment, here is a link to my previous post on the subject, as well as an image of the chart.