TARA Horary Astrology software - version 1.1
Tara is a Windows program (working on Windows 95 and later versions) designed for horary astrology according to the experience of Maurice McCann (1938-2011). It calculates all the special rules like refranation, frustration, prohibition, translation, collection, en indicates them in the horoscope wheel and aspect grids. This frees the astrologer from many hours of tedious work. A graphic ephemeris shows the evolution of longitude aspects (normal and antiscia) and declination aspects. A search function to find exact aspect moments and ingresses is also included. The help file contains numerous examples of interpreting question horoscopes. Data are saved in Paradox compatible tables.
Written and distributed by: Koen Van de moortel.
Price: 130€ including 21% belgian VAT (or 107.44€ if you live outside the EU).
Ordering can be done by transferring to the IBAN account nr. BE90 8907 1405 5932 (bank: Volksdepositokas, Ghent, Belgium, BIC VDSPBE91).
Or, you can pay by credit card or PayPal:
The installation file be sent as soon as possible to your e-mailaddress using WeTransfer. You can also come and get it at our place in Ghent, Belgium (or sometimes in Novi Sad, Serbia) and pay cash, after a phone call/e-mail.
- The Aspectarian: At the moment of the question all separating and applying major aspects, parallels of declination and antiscia within moiety of orbs are listed moment by moment. They are then sorted into the various rules. Later they are translated from the written word into the astrological symbols and appear on the Wheel & Rules, and Grids sections etc.
- Selecting planets: One of the first steps in Horary astrology is to select the significators, in other words the planet ruling the sign on the ascendant and the planet ruling the sign on the cusp of the house under enquiry. Tara is automatically set for the selection of all planets but does allow for the selection of the significators or, as many planets as the astrologer may wish.
- Horoscope and aspect lines: There are 5 different types of aspect lines representing the major aspects and each of the horary rules. There is no distinction between sextile, square, trine and opposition, except for the colours on the screen and coloured printers.
- A dotted line represents a separating major aspect.
- A straight line represents an applying major aspect.
- A repeated line and dot means Frustration.
- A repeated line and two dots means Prohibition.
- A broken line indicates Refranation.
- Aspect grids: Tara has 3 individual and separate aspect grids, one for the major aspects, one for the parallels of declination and one for the antiscia. Not only do they show separating aspects, indicated by a (-) sign but also the rules Frustration, Prohibition and Refranation symbolised by the letters F, P and R. Collection of light is shown by reading applying aspects from bottom to top and Translation of light by reading separating and applying aspects from left to right. This means that all aspects and rules can be observed at a glance.
- Orb circles: This visual aid has been designed as a means of displaying separating and applying aspects between planets in major aspects, parallels of declination and the antiscia. It is best used with the main significators and the Moon as it immediately shows which planets are aspecting each other.
Tutorial: Tara contains a tutorial explaining the various horary rules with examples.
House systems: A selection of house systems is available, among which are Regiomontanus, Campanus, Vehlow, Equal, Koch and Placidus.
Free update for Tara users:
Time zone files (daylight saving times) & places (2021 04 22)
(Unzip this file in your Tara folder and overwrite the old files.)
Something about horary astrology, by Maurice McCann:
Horary Astrology uses planetary aspects to find the answer to a question that has been posed by a querent. The question is voiced and the time is noted. A horoscope is constructed which represents the question and then used to identify aspects between planets which themselves will indicate the answer to the question. There are basic rules that are employed when the chart is viewed and these rules do not involve “interpretation” in many cases where the answer relies on a simple “yes” or “no”. They are scientifically applied to the chart with little “esoteric” astrological knowledge.
In the majority of cases, “yes” answers are a result of:
- The significators in applying major aspect, parallels of declination or the antiscia.
- There is collection or translation of light involving the significators by either major aspect, parallel of declination or the antiscia.
- The planet representing the quesited is in applying major aspect to the ascendant degree or the ascendant degree’s antiscion point.
- There are multi-positive translations or collections of light involving the significators.
“No” answers are usually caused by the fact that there are:
- No applying major aspects, parallels of declination or antiscia between significators.
- There is Frustration, Prohibition or Refranation between significators.
- The planet representing the quesited is not in an applying major aspect to the ascendant degree or the ascendant degree’s antiscion point.
- There are multi-negative translations or collections of light involving the significators.
It becomes clear that Horary Astrology, with its defined rules, is a suitable starting point for those who wish to de-mystify astrology as a whole. All that is needed to incorporate Horary Astrology into your life is a basic knowledge of planetary aspects and the required set of rules.
The Five Horary Rules
The Rules of Perfection:
- Collection of light: There are three forms of collection of light. The first is where the two significators have already separated from each other, the second is where they are applying but have not yet perfected and the third is where no major aspect exists between them. In each case both significators apply to a third planet within moiety of orbs and this third planet collects both their lights. Furthermore, the collecting planet is able to collect more than one pair of significators, or planets, provided they are within moiety of orbs.
- Translation of light: There are three forms of translation of light. The first is were the two significators have already separated from each other, the second is were they are applying but have not yet perfected and the third is were no major aspect exists between them. In each case a fast moving planet separates from one and applies to the other within moiety of orbs and translates both their lights. Furthermore, the translating planet is able to translate more than one pair of significators, or planets, provided they are within moiety of orbs.
The Rules of Imperfection:
- Frustration: When two significators apply by major aspect but before perfecting the slower of the two aspects a third planet therefore frustrating the faster significator and leading to a “no” or negative answer to the horary question.
- Prohibition: A “no” or negative answer will result when two significators are applying by major aspect but before perfecting, the first receives a major aspect from a third faster planet such as Mercury or Venus which then in turn applies by major aspect to the second significator. This is the traditional description of prohibition. Nevertheless, if any planet applies to one of the significators before they perfect, this will also function as a prohibition and will produce a negative answer to the question.
- Refranation: Perfection is denied when one significator applying by major aspect to the other significator turns either stationary retrograde or direct before completing the aspect.