Tutorial: The Question, the Ruling Planets: The Answer
- 1. Only when there is a very strong desire to know the answer to a question (and it doesn't matter whether is is a question relating to something very minor or something very major), should a question be asked. Again I'll repeat - when there is a very strong urgency to know the answer, or the outcome of an event or situation, then and only then should you take it upon yourself to predict with the help of RP's (ruling planets), and at that time. Depending upon your KP skills, your prediction may just prove to be very correct. However, to be whimsical in your horary attempts, or to expect accurate results when you simply have a question, or a nonchalant curiosity arises out of the blue, and you idly follow up with an attempt to haphazardly proceed with the construction of a horary chart - and use the ruling planets to predict the status of the outcome - this is when there is a misuse of the way the RP's in a prashna/horary are meant to be referenced, and answers are faulty. So do yourself justice and wait until there is a sense of urgency, or the desire to know the answer is powerfully prevalent in your mind, and then proceed with the Horary and Ruling Planets.
- 2. Keep in mind that the Ruling Planet which is in the star or sub of a retrograde planet should be omitted (see overview of RP's at the bottom of the page under Ruling Planets.) The RP's which are in the stars and subs of retrograde planets should be avoided. Also, a retrograde ruling planet will only give the results when it ceases to be retrograde - or in other words - becomes direct in motion.
- 3. The sensitive degree (the degree of the sign on which the sign lord, star lord, sub lord, and sub sub lord all operate jointly or simultaneously) is important for the fulfillment of any question. So the question is fulfilled at the time when all of the RP's (ruling planets) are operating simultaneously or jointly. (Simultaneous or joint operation occurs when one of the RP's becomes the Sign Lord, one becomes the Star Lord, a third RP becomes the Sub Lord, and a fourth RP becomes a Sub Sub Lord).
- 4. If an event is likely to take place within 24 hours after the question is posed, take the transit of the Ascendant and count from the Ascending degree of the moment of the query. For example: Say that a (horary) question was asked on Thursday, August 28, 1969 at 3:25:47 PM IST and the specific coordinates were 23N02 72E35. The question asked was:
Question: When will the boss return to the office?
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Ruling Planets: Day, Sign, & Star Lord Table
Now to Delineate the Horary:
"When will the boss return to the office?"
- Rahu is acting as an agent for Saturn because Rahu was posited in the sign of Aquarius at this time. So the Ruling Planets for this horary question are Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and Rahu.
- NOTE: (For the sake of simplicity, clarity, and for demonstration of the "timing purposes" in this example chart above and below, we will just pretend that all RP's in the charts are direct in motion and not retrograde. So in the chart below, when delineating by "strict KP rules", just pretend that Saturn is direct in motion - rather than retrograde - and Venus is therefore not in the star of a retrograde planet. This example below is fictitious, and simply included for comprehension and explanation only of the "timing" involved. If we were applying the KP written rules of a retrograde Saturn in a real case and following the KP Ruling on the same, we would have to eliminate Venus as a RP, and Saturn could only give results when Saturn went direct. However, from personal experience, my take is that the jury is still out on this retrograde verdict, so do keep in mind that in real life this "retrograde ruling" has - in all reality - become controversial by many professional astrologers - who have seen results materialize with retrogrades - many times in real life situations - myself included. So my advice to you is that you will personally need to evaluate many charts and keep a log, before forming an opinion one way or another on retrogrades. Consider this - if you take a good close look at some of the horary charts given as examples in the KP books that were written years ago, and actually calculate the example charts yourself, you will find many errors and you will also see that the KP author's were not always following this "retrograde ruling" - either because they didn't realize that there were retrograde planets involved as RP's, or their calculations - in the days prior to computers - were less than perfect. So keep an open mind on this retrograde factor until you have assessed enough charts to form a credible opinion for yourself one way or the other.)
- The question is a minor one, so with respect to point #4 above, the answer will be fulfilled in a short period of time. So considering that Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and Rahu are the ruling planets for this query, the answer lies in searching for when these RP's will line up simultaneously and jointly as Sign, Star, Sub, and Sub Sub Lords for the rising cusp. So fudging around with the time that the question was asked, and counting from the Ascendant degree to the moment when this exact line-up will take place, we now can clearly see (below - Horary Transit Chart) that when the Ascendant moves from 13 Sag 29' 22" to 18 Sag 40' 59" (the sensitive degree), that this degree is exactly when all the Ruling Planets will line up perfectly. Now the horary query was asked at 03:25:47 PM in the afternoon, and we know now that the boss will return to the office approximately 22 minutes later - or between 03:47:30 PM and 03:48:47 PM. (As I mentioned above - the question must have importance and an urgency to know, in order to receive the answer...(So that is the time - [3:47:30 PM] that the employees needed to stop goofing around in the office and get back to work so they don't get in trouble with their boss - why else would they be doing astrology in the office, instead of what they were hired for? :-))
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- 5. If the event is expected to happen within a month, consider the transit of the Moon, and count from the sign being transited by the Moon at the moment of the query, to the time when the RP's line up in synchronicity - such as in the example shown above with the Ascendant, only using the position of the degree of the Moon rather than the Ascendant. Keep in mind that if the RP's line up - but the Moon is conjoined with Saturn at this time, you should reject that degree and move on because Saturn causes delays. So move ahead again.
- 6. Using the same principles as the Ascendant and Moon, if the event is to happen later than a month but within a year, look at the Sun's transit and count from the sign transited by the Sun at the moment of the query, to the time when the RP's line up in synchronicity, using the position of the degree of the Sun, rather than the Ascendant or the Moon.
- 7. Frequently, Ruling Planets are five in number. If confused about where to begin, consider the following. Out of these five ruling planets, the three RP's that you come across (at the earliest time) that are simultaneously running their joint/simultaneous period of operation - should be considered first, and before the others. Leaving two RP's behind, the earlier time frame for the next one out of the two RP's left, should be considered first for the next position of the Sub Sub Lord. However, feel free to research this because you really must experiment and form your own opinions as to what works best for you based on your own personal experience with Horary, as there really are no hard and fast rules on this particular determination.
- Ruling Planets:
- Overview of RP's (ruling planets) can also be referenced at KP: Rectification of Birth Time & Ruling Planet:
- Jot down the time and day when a question is put to you or when you construct the horoscope for your analysis and judgment.
- The day begins from sunrise: Day Lords are: Sun governs Sunday, Moon - Monday, Mars - Tuesday, Mercury - Wednesday, Jupiter - Thursday, Venus - Friday, Saturn - Saturday.
- The Ruling Planets are listed below in their Order of Preference:
- 1. The Star Lord of the Ascendant
- 2. The Sign Lord of the Ascendant
- 3. The Star Lord of the Moon
- 4. The Sign Lord of the Moon
- 5. The Day Lord
- These 5 Ruling Planets above are taken at the time of query or judgment. In addition to the above, some astrologers also consider the sub lords of both the Ascendant and the Moon.
- Rahu/Ketu and Ruling Planets:
- If Rahu or Ketu is conjoining or aspects a Ruling Planet, or if Rahu or Ketu is posited in a sign owned by one of the Ruling Planets, then Rahu and/or Ketu should be included as a Ruling Planet.
Note: All references to the material above are from the work and teachings of Prof. K.S. Krishnamurti, Chandrakant R. Bhatt, K. Subramainiam, Sri M.P. Shanmugam, Prof K. Hariharan, and/or publications in the KP & Astrology Journals/Yearbooks. For Book information, please go to KP Books.